Football/Soccer Session (U8): PFK United U8 - Dribbling

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Alex Ruiz
Name: Alex Ruiz
City: Ridgewood
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): First to 50 (Warm up)

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
Getting comfortable with the ball

First to 50 (Warm up) (10 mins)

Organization:

20x20 grid

Each player with a ball

Instructions:

Players begin by dribbling around the grid freely, getting lots of touches and using the whole space.

On coach's command of "First to 50" players must touch the ball 50 times as quickly as they can with a preiously defined surface of the foot (left foot inside, outside, sole etc.).

Players return to free dribble and await next command.

Coaching Points:

- Head up while dribbling.

- Close control when players are in a crowd, then attacking any open space with positive touches.

- Encourage toe touches.

- Always make sure players are doing the touches properly.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Cones Island

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
Learn how to dribble into small spaces.
Technical Physical
Awareness of surroundings.

Cones Island (15 mins)

Organization:

- Set up a 20x20 (adjust size if needed) and set up an island of cones in the middle of the grid with enough space in between to dribble through them.

- Divide the players into 4 lines coming from each one of the corners of the grid.

- Every player with a ball.

Instructions:

- Players have to dribble through the island of cones, diagonally, and get to the corner across from them. Join the back of the line and wait for their turn to do it again. The game can be started with only 2 players going at a time.

Coaching Points:

- Make sure they're making small touches on the ball, the "Messi" dribbling.

- Pinky toe dribbling. Toes pointing down, push the ball with the pinky toe.

- Pick your head up after every touch.

Progressions:

1. All four corners go at the same time. Demanding more concentration to not run into each other.

2. Make it a race, two players come from each corner and the first one to get to the corner across from them gets a point.

3. Give them some kind of points system, for example they all start with 10 points, and every time the ball touches a cone or someone else's ball they lose a point.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 Main theme

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1v1 Main theme (20 mins)

Organization:

- 2 pugg goals

- As many balls as possible

- 2x 3 yard gates 1 yard apart

Instructions:

- Defenders will pass the ball through the blue gate to the attackers. Play is live on attacker’s touch

- It will be a 1v1, Attackers must try to perform a scissor or a step-over to try and beat the defender and score in either one of the goals.

- Once play is over (attacker scores or defender kicks it out), go back to respective lines. After a couple turns switch sides.

Coaching Points:

- Use ball mastery techniques to evade/fake out defenders

- Use defenders own body weight/momentum against themselves


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 5v5/6v6 to end zones

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5v5/6v6 to end zones (20 mins)

Organization:

- 30/40 x 20 yard area with two 4 yard wide end zones is organized as shown in the diagram above.

Instructions:

Play regular scrimmage. Instead of having goals have two end zones set up. Players score by dribbling into end zones. (Adjust size of area to number of players). Play is continuous for the designated period of time.

Coaching Points:

- Head up.

- Close Control.

- Encourage moves.

- Decide when to dribble at speed or when to slow down.

Progressions:

Add a neutral player to create numbers up and more success.


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