Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): GSC Academy Week 2

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Barry McGrellis
Name: Barry McGrellis
City: Alexandria
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up
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Warm Up (15 mins)

Warm Up

Every player with a ball, small rectangle inside larger one. Players begin by dribling in large area for 30 seconds using the outside and laces and moving at pace, then they switch to small area for 30 seconds and use the sole and inside of foot.

As players improve technically, prompts can become more and more challenging (Toe taps, L, V, Cruyff etc.)

Progress to using following prompts:

Switch - Move from large area to small area or vice versa

1 - Stop ball and run around it

2 - Stop ball and sit on it

3 - Stop ball and pick it up

4 - Stop ball and perform actions for 3,2, and 1.

Emphasise that to be the first player to complete each action the ball must be continually close to the player's feet (In your zone).

Add cones to area, every time players encounter a cone they must use the assigned move to 'beat' the cone.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game speed unopposed

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Game speed unopposed (20 mins)

Assigned move & Shoot

Two teams, every player has a ball and a number. When their number is called, the relevant player from each team exits their area and dribbles at the pole, performs the assigned move to 'beat' the pole, and finishes in the goal. First ball to hit the net scores a point for that team, player retrieves ball and rejoins team in dribbling area.

Encourage practice of the assigned move by the players in the dribbling area. If necessary, pause game and demonstrate technique to entire group followed by slow practice repetitions by players.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game speed opposed

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Game speed opposed (20 mins)

1 v 1 to Goal

Two teams, each player with a ball and a number. When their number is called the relevant player exits dribbling area (red with ball, black without) and play 1v1 to opponent's goal. A goal equals 1 point, a goal after an assigned move is 3 points. After every player has gone, switch which team brings ball in to 1v1. Encourage attacking defender at speed as opposed to facing up or turning back and shielding.

Emphasize practice of the assigned move in the dribbling area, award team points for good execution.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2 v 2 Mini Games

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2 v 2 Mini Games (20 mins)

2 v 2 Mini Games

2 v 2 to goals, simple small-sided scrimmage with offside. Emphasize the importance of first defender responsibilities - 2nd defender does not know where to position themselves until 1st defender indicates where they plan to force the attacker.

Play a few rounds and then progress to winner moving up a section and loser moving down.


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