Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): St. Thomas SC: Fundamentals (U6-U8):Session #5

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Ian McClurg
Name: Ian McClurg
City: Ancaster
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Square Dance with Sharks

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Square Dance with Sharks
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Square Dance with Sharks (20 mins)

Objective:

To produce a fun, dribbling and 1 v 1 defending game.

Organization:

Mark an area 30 yards by 20 yards. Players at one end with the ball must try to dribble to the other end without their ball being kicked out of the area by the Cow Dogs in the middle. If a player's ball is kicked out they become a "Cow Patty" and have to sit or kneel in the area. The "Cow Patties" can also kick the balls out, but only from a kneeling or better still, a "crab" position . The one or two "winners" have the choice of whether they become a Cow Dog or not. The previous Cow Dogs become dribblers.

Teaching:

Dribblers must pick their time to make their runs forward and must use fakes, changes of pace and screening to retain possession. Cow Dogs should "hunt" in pairs.

Target:

Not to be caught by the Cow Dogs


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Micro Soccer

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Micro Soccer (15 mins)

Objective:

To give each player plenty of opportunity to kick the ball in a 3 vs 3 game.

To gain a fundamental understanding of the game of soccer.

Organization:

Field size 20 x 30 yards. Six-yard "boxes," marked by cones or lines, within which each designated goalkeeper may handle. Center line marked by cones/lines. Each player takes a turn in goal for two to three minutes. When ball goes out of play, game is restarted by:

Sideline - throw-in (or pass-in - opponents must stay 5-yards away.)

Endline - goal kick or corner kick (5-yard rule) depending on which player last touched ball.

After a goal, re-start with either goal kick or center kick (if center, opponents must retreat to own six-yard line). In practice with numbers greater than six, either have two 3 vs 3, or if less than 12, have three teams with a separate practice operating and rotate in and out of the 3 vs 3 game.

Teaching:

This is the introductory session for Micro Soccer. You will need to show just what a Throw-In is, but don't get bogged down on the correct technique of the Throw-In just yet (this is covered in Mack 1 & 2 in subsequent sessions). Encourage at least one player to go fully wide on goal kicks or when goalkeeper has ball in hands. Encourage goalkeeper to move off line to support attacks or to intercept through balls (this will take time, too!). Encourage players to pass, dribble and communicate with each other. On throw-ins, encourage non-throwing attacker to look for a forward shooting chance - and not to go too close to thrower.

Target:

To outscore opposition.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Corner Shot

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Corner Shot (15 mins)

Objective:

To develop accurate passing and shooting with both feet. To gain a simple understanding of corner kicks.

Organization:

Place balls in one corner of playing area. Coach rolls ball by foot or by hand.

Coach shouts "Go!" and player at first cone must go around second cone.

Shooting player goes behind goal to retrieve the shot, and then returns to end of line.

No goalkeeper, so players are encouraged to kick accurately to succeed.

Change players and cones to opposite side. Progression (this is more difficult, so let them master the simpler practice first): players take corner kick themselves; employ a simple rotation of players.

Teaching:

As players become better, narrow the goal or deliver quicker passes.

Point out that most shots in illustration will be taken with the left foot (most will be predominantly right-footed). Bias the service to encourage left (or right footed) shots. Total concentration: head down, eyes on the ball. Encourage accuracy rather than power shooting.

Use inside of foot - like a hockey stick. Encourage players to strive to become "two-footed."

Target:

To record the number of the team's scoring attempts that succeed in 20 shots, and keep score at each practice as an incentive to improve.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3 Game

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3v3 Game (20 mins)

Objective:

To create a Jamboree atmosphere.

Children just play without any coaching

Organization:

Any number of players above 11 can create a Jamboree atmosphere. Consider joining up with another team who practice at the same time. If less than 12 players, make up three teams (of 3 or 4 players). Have a second activity area (such as the Circle Game) as one team waits their turn to play.

With 12 or more put in two fields or more, depending on numbers. With more than one field synchronize the play. The time-keeper starts the game for everyone with a long whistle, and signals the end of the quarters and the end of the games. One long blast signals the start of play.

A short blast signals the end of each quarter.

After the end of each quarter the substitutions/rotations take place and the game is recommenced as quickly as possible without a signal from the time-keeper.

Restart with an indirect free kick from the part of the field where the period ended with the kick taken by the team that was in possession.

A short blast, followed by a long blast signifies the end of the game at the conclusion of the fourth quarter.

Play 4-periods of two minutes. Try not to have more than 4 players on a team.

With 4, at the end of each period, the sub becomes the goalkeeper, the goalkeeper moves out onto the field. One field player comes off. After 4-periods each player will have played 3 quarters - once in goal and twice on the field. Use the same principle with 3 players or 5 players (equal time in goal and on the field). Teams work on a Round-Robin format.

Teaching:

Coaches have to work hard to say … nothing!

Target:

To enjoy the sheer fun of unadulterated soccer with plenty of opportunities to get touches of the ball and score goals.


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