Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Cycle 5 1st touch

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Alan Golledge
Name: Alan Golledge
City: Sydney
Country: Australia
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Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Core Skill

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Core Skill

Core Skill:

1st Touch

Specific Aspect:

In this session I aim to improve the quality of a player’s First Touch when receiving the ball early under pressure, moving away from the defender or into open space.

Key Principal:

Individual Skill

Player Tasks:

- Position yourself so you can see the ball and your next target.

- Know what you will do before the ball arrives. (Game awareness)

- Move the ball with your first touch away from danger and into space.

- Try to face forward and pass forward when possible. (Forward facing positions)

- Keep the ball moving, (Into space).

- Support your team mate after release.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Intro

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Skill Intro (20 mins)

Set Up: Based on 24 players.

* Grid 7m x 7m.

* Group of 4 players

* Mannequinn in the middle (optional)

Organisation:

* 1 ball in play with 2-3 spare balls per grid.

* 2 pairs facing each other 5m – 7m apart. Red starts by playing to Blue player and Red follows their pass.

* The Blue player uses their First Touch to move the ball away from the Red player. With a second touch, passes to the 2nd player.

* Player makes the pass continues to follow his/her pass to the back of the line.

* Pattern starts again.

* Be sure to change the pattern to allow use of both feet.

Grid A, the "Blue" player has moved the ball to the right because the "Red" player approached him/her from the left.

NOTE: Make sure the approaching defender closes the distance like they would in a game situation.

Player Tasks:

* Pass to feet or in front of player with good weight of the pass.

* Position yourself so you can see the ball and your next target.

* Show them where you want it.

* Receive with furthest foot.

* 1st touch to into space or away from the on coming defender.

Step up/Down:

* On Coaches call, “SWITCH”, can we simultaneously switch both balls to the opposite direction?

* Passive defender "No Tackle"

* Defenders shutdown ball carrier at full pressure/pace

* Reduce the area/distance.

Progression: Grid B

* This time the player recieving the ball is closer and turning away from oncoming as well as the defender behind (passive/Mannequin)

* Red play continues to the other side of the passive defender ready to recieve the ball from the opposite side.

* The pattern is recycled.

* This will encourage players to get there head up.

* Players can turn either way based on which side they recieve the ball.

* Or be creative and use a differnet part of the foot to take there 1st touch. Outside flick or inside of the foot, across the body.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Training

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Skill Training (25 mins)

Skill Training

*Positioning games with Two touch as a mandatory requirement. First Touch to control the ball away from defender and the second to pass the ball.

* Player numbers and grid sizes will depend on attendance numbers and capability of groups.

* These positioning games can range from 4v1 3v1 5v2 and 5v2 ranging from easiest to most difficult.

Player Tasks:

* Position yourself so you can see the ball and your next target.

* Know what you will do before you receive the ball.

* Move the ball with your first touch away from danger and into space.

* Support your team mate after you pass.

* Player awaiting pass to make eye contact and show the passer where you want it. Make a call, communicate.

* Pass to go to feet or in front of player.

Progression

* The coach can make the exercise more challenging for the players by simply decreasing the space or easier by making the grids bigger. We could limit touches and by adding passive defenders to simulate pressure, it becomes more realistic.

* Coach can ensure ball keeps moving to enforce player to take first touch into space rather than stopping the ball.

Hidden Learning:

* Looking for switch/split – "Killer Pass"/through ball, Create angles off ball/passing lanes, 1v1 or Taking first touch past a player and Game awareness.

Player tasks remain the same in a 5v2 and 4v2 only with a higher intensity having the extra defender

Possible Coaches remarks:

* Move to support as the ball moves.

* Make angles or Passing lanes.

* Keep your body open so you can see the ball and your next option/s.

* Move the ball away from danger with your first touch.

Progression

* The coach can make the exercise more challenging for the players by simply decreasing the space or easier by making the grids bigger. We could limit touches and by adding passive defenders to simulate pressure, it becomes more realistic.

* Coach can ensure ball keeps moving to enforce player to take first touch into space rather than stopping the ball.

* Introduce feints to disguise your intentions.

Competition

* Which defenders can force the most mistakes in one minute?

* Which attackers can put together the most consecutive passes between the group within a minute?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Game

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Skill Game (20 mins)

Skill Game

* Players playing/ Coaches watching!

* 6v6 on two grids with a total of 24 players.

* Players can only take two touches!! Minimal touches forces the players to have a good first touch in order to move the ball away from defenders to set up for a pass.

* Disallowing direct play forces the players to have a good first touch in order to move the ball away from the defender/s and keep possession!

*Players are not allowed to shoot to goals in their own half.

Step up/Down:

* Difficulty can be altered by increasing/decreasing grid size, adding a joker, player number rules per half, (#9 and #3 of each team can only remain in a designated half to ensure a 4 v 3 in the play out half zones and so on. Number of passes before allowed to cross half way could also determine difficulty of Skill Game.

These changes and more can be added or removed as long as we keep the focus on our session objective being First Touch!


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