Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): St. Thomas SC: Learning to Train (U9-U12): 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): Warm-Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up
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Warm-Up (20 mins)

Objective:

To start practice in a lively way. A fun warm-up that introduces and develops the fundamentals of dribbling.

Organization:

Mark a square approximately 15 yards by 15 yards, depending on numbers.

Each player should have a ball. If not, use the "Change Soccer" principle: half the players inside the square, each with a ball, the remaining half outside the square, without a ball. Trade places when coach shouts "Change!" Players can dribble around anywhere within the square, but should not walk.

Three instructions are given to the players inside the square: "STOP" - Put foot on top of ball quickly and freeze like a statue. "GO" - Move right or left with the ball, fast, for three or four yards.

"TURN" - Quickly turn 180 degrees with the ball, moving three or four yards.

Teaching:

Encourage players to keep the ball close to their feet. Occasionally insist on using left foot only or right foot only. See how many different ways they can turn with the ball. To avoid giving players too much information at once, introduce instructions one at a time and incorporate practice time between.

Later, incorporate your own ideas.

Target:

Stay in the area with the ball and make no contact with other players or other balls.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 goal game

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4 goal game (20 mins)

Objective:

To encourage On-the-ball composure of individual players. Awareness of team-mates.

Organization:

Area 40 x 40 yards. Four goals are set-up by cones or markers five yards out from each corner. Goals are one yard wide. The six players combine to score in any of the four goals.

They can only score through front of goal and may dribble or pass through goal and still maintain possession. When ball goes out of play, re-start with either a throw-in or pass-in.

Teams can also score by getting five (or six) consecutive passes. The challenge for the coach is to keep the score - and count the passes! Remember that they can score through a goal and still keep the passing sequence going.

Teaching:

Encourage players to "switch" the play by passing as the defending players can quickly mark the four goals. Encourage players to turn away with ball if one goal becomes "marked" by opponent.

Passing the ball will produce goals more readily than by scoring.

Target:

To outscore the opposition.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v1's

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3v1's (20 mins)

Objective:

To progress the possession games (Carl's Keep Away, 4 v 1 and Keep Away Tennis).

further develop the importance of moving and taking up good supporting positions

Organization:

Mark two or three 10 - 12 yards squares.

With 9 players have three groups of three; with 12 players have four groups of 3 players.

With odd numbers improvise with the numbers; for instance, with 10, two groups of three and one of four (still play 3 vs. 1, but use a sub system with the 4).

Use pinnies to distinguish the groups. 3 vs. 1 in each of the squares.

Spare defenders can change "on the fly." Coach times each period of one minute. At the end of the period, the team of three that achieved the least number of consecutive passes become the defenders.

When the defender wins the ball or forces the ball to be played out of the area the team of three restarts with another ball. The coach keeps a supply of balls handy so after an interception or a ball is kicked out of play he/she can kick or roll another ball in. If you have an assistant or co-coach, each takes one of the squares.

Teaching:

3 vs. 1 is much more difficult than 4 vs. 1. In 4 vs. 1 the four attackers can just take a corner each and so give good support. In 3 vs. 1 the two players "off-the-ball" have to move and work hard to open up a good passing angle for the player with the ball. The player with the ball may have to screen the ball away from the defender while awaiting a better supporting angle from a team-mate.

All attackers need to communicate - particularly the two players "off-the-ball" ("Hold it!" "Wait!" "I'm here!") -- as they become the "eyes" of the player with the ball. Coach must assess whether the playing area is too big or too small and make adjustments if necessary.

If it is too difficult consider reverting back to 4 vs. 1. For the first few minutes allow the players to play in a non-competitive way so that when a mistake is made, the coach can recreate the situation and then ask the player who made the mistake what the alternatives are. If they can see what should be done or how their team-mates could have helped they will learn more quickly to do it when the ball is in play. After a few minutes go into the one-minute stopwatch competition described above without any interventions by the coach other than putting the ball back in play.

Target:

To keep the ball for the longest time; for the defenders to win the ball or force errors as quickly as possible.


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

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6v6's (20 mins)

Objective:

To produce a fast-changing game. To introduced the offside law.

Organization:

Use a 54-yard by 45-yard field. Goal sizes should be approximately 6-feet x 6-yards wide (be prepared to improvise or use what is available). Mark in two 18-yard lines with coaching disks - if available use corner flags to emphasize the 18-yard lines.

Put in a 10-yard handling box out from the goal and the endline.

If available use two people - assistant coaches, parents - to act as linesmen, stationed on opposite sides of field to coach at the 18-yard lines (with flag or handkerchief).

"Offside" only occurs in the attacking third of the field. A player is offside only at the moment they ball is played forward and will only be offside if there are less than two opponents either level or between the receiving attacker and the goal line (Note: the goalkeeper is usually one of the two).

Otherwise, normal rules of soccer

Teaching:

Encourage goalkeepers and rear defenders to "utilize" offside to keep opponents away from goal.

Encourage a 1-3-2 system. A goalkeeper: a back three and a front two.

Give great encouragement for the outside back defenders to go forward (Rule of Thumb: one goes and the other stays).

Encourage awareness, attacking support, width and defensive cover.

Encourage goalkeepers to help "organize" the team.

Goalkeepers may now need to put into practice the skills previously learned in This Way/That Way and Submarining in the event of One vs. One situations.

Make sure that all players are rotated through the goalkeeper, defender and attacker positions on an equal-time basis.

Target:

To get the players ready for the important rule of offside and to prepare players for more formalized "positional" play


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