Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Dribble or Run with the Ball

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Alba Soccer Academy
Name: Alba Soccer Academy
City: Coquitlam
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Communication with the Players

Its important that we teach the players the difference between running with the ball and dribbling the ball as this is not coached correctly in many cases.

Running with the ball is used when there is space in front of you that you would like to exploit. When running with the ball a player uses bigger touches in order to get the ball out of his feet and into top speed as quick as possible.

Dribbling is used when there is little space in front of you or your path is obstructed by defenders. When dribbling the ball a player uses small touches and sudden changes of direction with skills or feints in order to go past a defender


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up / Ball Mastery

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Warm Up / Ball Mastery (20 mins)

Ball Mastery

Juggling - feet first, thighs, then combinations

Warm Up (20x20grid)

All Players with a ball

Coach calls numbers and moves 1: 10 x toe taps, 2: Knee, 3: Bum, 4: Drag back, 5: Change balls, 6: Crazy Feet x 10, Right: Right Stepover, Left: Left stepover, Ronaldo: Double Step Over, Rooney: Drag back and Flick, Laudrup: Inside stepover, Maradona: Step, Step dragback, Cruyff: Inside foot turn


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Running with the ball

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Running with the ball (10 mins)

Place the cones (4 different colours) as shown in order to create a large circle. (30yds from top to bottom)

Each group of three players has a ball.

The players can only run across the area to a player at the same colour cone

For instance, red to red, blue to blue etc

The aim is to get your head up, get the ball out of your feet and run with the ball across and out

to a team mate.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dribbling with the ball

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Dribbling with the ball (10 mins)

Now ask the players to pick up their cone and take 8 steps inwards to make the circle 14yds

from top to bottom.

Once again, each group of three players has one ball. Ask the players to get across the area

as quick as they can.

The reduced area will mean the players are close together and will have to take small touches and use changes of direction.

The two practices show the players the difference between dribbling the ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Players choose - Dribble or Run

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Players choose - Dribble or Run (15 mins)

Go back to the original 30yd circle. Place two defenders in the middle of the circle holding a bib. Randomly place the other players on the outside of the circle. Give 4 players a ball and ask them to dribble across and out to a team mate. If tackled they take the bib and exchange with the defender.

As there are four attackers and only 2 defenders there will be times when you have to dribble to get

past the defender and times when you are not marked but have to run into the space.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game Situation - when to dribble / run

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Game Situation - when to dribble / run (15 mins)

Small Sided Game (20x30grid)

4v4 / 5v5 in the middle zone. The game is played in the middle zone with players trying to get

through to the end zone to score. If you get through the middle zone then you go 1v1 against the goalkeeper.

If you get through the wide gate you have to run with the ball into the space and cross the

ball into the box, a 2nd player now makes a run into the box to try and score from the cross


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (20 mins)

Small Sided Game - Free Play

4x4 / 5x5

Focus on diamond shape and repeat session, when to dribble with ball and when to run with ball


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