Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): balance and co-ordination

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Steve Jones, Adult Member

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Steve Jones
Name: Steve Jones
City: Wrexham
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): single leg

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13-Balance and co-ordination.

This balance exercise can be developed for all ages, and can be altered without a balance ball, the player can stand on one leg if need be. ENSURE THE GK HAS NO LEG/ANKLE INJURY.

Ideally two GK of similar age can work in 2's along the designated area.

The receiver balances on one leg on the balance ball, and receives a throw to the right side, they catch and return, ideally in one movement.

This will increase the balance of the keeper, and the co-ordination of hand and eye, by aiming to catch the ball as best they can, and then return it one motion.

I would have the keepers do 6 reps to start, then immediately swap over, so 12 (6 left hand 6 right hand) reps in 1 set.

This reduces the load bearing pressure on the ankles, they then swap to the other ankle, then swap keepers.

Ideally this session of 24 catches would be a 3 minute exercise, then swap, so both keepers would work in the region of 6-7 minutes.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): crosses

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The session can be progressed to have the GK balance on oneleg, and push up and oot to receive a high cross, again, the thrower can be 6-8 yards away, age dependant.

Ensure the ball is thrown in a position that the GK comes up and out to meet the ball, balancing off one leg will encourage the balance and the push up and out, the learning will come from the push up, out and catch (can be chnaged to punch with older keepers) ALWAYS SHOUTING KEEPER, return the ball, then short jog around.

Again 12 throws in total, six on the right leg balance, 6 on the left leg balance, 12 sets in 1 rep then swap keepers over.

Total time would be around 5 minutes.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): double legs

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The 3rd part of this would be both legs on the wobble ball, or board, and 12 mid body heigh balls delivered to the receiving keeper.

In conclusion this is a good exercise to cover, balance, hand eye co - ordination and strengh of the legs, be mindful of the pressure on ankles and keepers of a young age and their development of bones. The exercise can be fun, with the coach encouraging the GK with the balance and catch, and words of encuragement. Young GK will work on their balance, and I believe the handling will just be a natural effort, as the main effort will be on not falling off or over.

The drill could be swapped around in any way you feel best, double legs first, then progress to single.


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