ACADEMY WINTER SESSION 9

WARM UP - CRAZY GOLF (10 MINS)

5-6pm TECHNICAL SESSION - GO-GO GATES (10 MINS)

6-7pm TECHNICAL SESSION - GUARDIANS & GOBLINS (10 MINS)

Overview: Setup an area with four or five coned boxes within it. The ‘guardians’ are the defenders, who have to stop the ‘goblins’ from being able to pass the treasure ‘footballs’ through the boxes ‘safe.’ The guardians are able to stand inside any box, as well as leave their boxes too. They cannot tackle, but they’re able to intercept passes between players. If they do this, they can return a football and place it inside the box. If the goblins are successful in passing through a box without having their ball intercepted, they are able to release one football from one of the boxes. Play for a set amount of time and change roles. If the defenders manage to get all footballs into the boxes, they win the game.

Coaching Points: Eyes Up, Use Of Both Feet, Surfaces Of The Feet, Change Of Speed

NUMBERS GAME 2v2s ONLY (15 MINS)

Eyes Up: Once the round begins, players should look to keep their eyes up to identify where the best space for them to travel into is as well as where the defender is too. Players as they enter the pitch should look to recognize whether they are going to be the first to the ball or not and decide on their next action based on this.

Change of Direction: Changing direction will help the attacker to evade the defender to prevent them from being tackled. The use of body feints and quick changes of direction are great ways for the attackers to beat the defenders in 1v1 situations.

Share the ball: Encourage players to share the ball at the right time, when their team mate is in space.

FREE PLAY GAME - 15 MINS

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