Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Academy Camp Wednesday – Goalkeeper Basics & Striking/Finishing

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Hasani McKenzie, Adult Member

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Hasani McKenzie
Name: Hasani McKenzie
City: Asheville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Ladder Movements

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Ladder Movements (25 mins)

Ladder Movements & Ladder Y-Movements + Passing/Receiving: As players arrive get them into basic movements in the ladders (about 8 players per station). After most have arrived progress into the Y-Movements that include passing and receiving.

•Basic foot movements

oOne foot in each spot

oTwo feet in each spot (lead right, then lead left)

oJumps, hops, sideways jumps/steps, etc.

•Y-Movements + Pass/Receive

oBasic footwork then receive the pass from one side, pass to the open player on the other side

oPlayer who passed the ball goes to start of activity, player who received ball takes that spot

oThe next person’s pass will be done from the opposite side


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Goalkeeper Tech

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Goalkeeper Tech (15 mins)

Partner GK Technical Work: 1 ball 2 players, working with partners go through the following techniques:

•Bounce to self and catch (5 or 6 times then switch to other person)

•Toss high to self and jump/catch (3-4 times then switch to other person)

•Roll to partner – scoop off ground

•Throw to partner’s chest area – catch

•High toss to partner – jump & catch


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Goalkeeper Wars

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Goalkeeper Wars (20 mins)

Playing against your partner, players will have a goal (cones) about 20 yards apart from each other. To score, they must strike the ball before they cross the half-way line. When defending the shot they are a goalkeeper. Once a shot is saved, the goalkeeper puts the ball on the ground to play and has only 6 seconds to get a shot off. Focus on proper striking technique.

•What surface should you use to strike the ball to finish?

•How can you get better accuracy?

•How can you get more power?

•What should your follow through look like?

Coaching Points:

•Strike with instep/laces (point toe down)

•Watch your foot strike the center of the ball (head steady)

•Body and striking foot at a slight angle (can’t be straight up and down)

•Placement of non-striking foot and positioning of hips, head/shoulders

•Follow through towards your target


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Driven Ball Gates

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Driven Ball Gates (20 mins)

Have the players in partners at a set of gates striking the ball through the gates, low, and accurate to their partner on the other side. Emphasize and introduce the driven ball technique

- Ankle locked

- Toe pointed down

- Body bent over the ball

- Body position at an angle relative to the ball

- Non striking foot correct distance from the ball [not too close]

- Strike through the center of the ball

- Follow through towards your target and land on your striking foot


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 plus GKs

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2v2 plus GKs (15 mins)

2v2 Plus Goalkeepers (large goals):

Description: set up one field about 25 x 30 and separate the kids into two teams. Each team sets up at one end of the field in two lines (off the field). Team A plays a ball in to team B and the first two players from each line play making a 2v2 game to large goals with goalkeepers. Any time a goal is scored, the ball goes out of bounds, or the game lasts longer than 30 seconds the players on the field go off to the outside and new players begin a new game. The transition should be quick. After 10-12 games, make sure you switch so that both teams receive the ball to start.

•What would be a better surface to use for that shot?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage 6v6

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Scrimmage 6v6 (15 mins)

Facilitate the game and help with positions, positioning, and game format. Facilitate a basic scrimmage with a goalkeeper and five field players. Allow the kids to “PLAY” but give guidance when necessary. Use a “coaching in the game” approach to emphasize the topics from this week’s training. Be sure to use the labeled names for the positions!

Coaching Points:

•Decision to pass or dribble (what’s the defender offering)

•Off the ball movement – how can I eliminate the defender with my movement

oOverlap

oDiagonal run

ocombination play

•Finding a space with a clear path to the ball


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