Football/Soccer Session (U8): U8 Session #4

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Egg Hunt

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Egg Hunt (10 mins)

Organization:

Have far more balls than players -- the more, the better!! Have all of the players line up across one end of the field. Take the balls (“eggs) and spread them out all around the field. At the other end of the field is a goal (use either small-sided goals or 4 cones to form a square) called the "basket."

Activity:

The object of the game is for players to get all of the eggs in the basket (like an Egg Hunt) as quickly as possible using their feet. All players are considered to be on the same team. Time them to see how long it takes them to get all the eggs in the basket. Play multiple rounds to see if they can beat their time. Count out loud when they are close to add to the excitement.

Variations:

• Add a second goal and divide the kids into 2 teams. See which team can get the most eggs in their basket.

• Add a stipulation that players are not allowed to take a ball away from a teammate.

• Change the ball set-up to pose new problems.

• On the "Go' command, knock a few balls around, so that the kids have to react to the ball set-up challenge you have posed.

Coaching Points:

• Positive and cooperative group interaction. Teamwork. Communication.

• Decision-making and problem-solving.

• Dribbling. Ball control. Potential passing and finishing.

Coaching Question:

With subsequent rounds, ask them for ideas on how they can break their record (e.g., pass to a teammate standing closer to the goal).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Keep Your Yard Clean!

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Keep Your Yard Clean! (10 mins)

Organization:

Split players into 2 teams, and place them at opposite ends of a field area. Create a neutral zone (“No Man’s Land”) between the teams into which is no player is allowed. The area can be as small as one yard and as large as ten yards wide. The width between the two teams is determined by how far the players can kick the ball. Each player starts with a ball.

Activity:

On the coach’s command, each team tries to keep their side of the field free of balls by kicking them to the other team’s side. As coach, be prepared to corral errant passes or balls stuck in No Man’s Land, and get them back in the game.

After an appropriate amount of time (either quick rounds of 20-60 seconds each, when balls become too scattered or when players lose focus) call the game and count to see which side has the most balls on their side. Team with least number of balls within their yard wins.

Give a fun, special activity for the losing team, i.e., 10 “Australian push-ups” (players lay on their backs and push up at the air like they are doing a push-up upside-down) and have the winning team tell the others, You've got to keep your yard clean!

Coaching Points:

• Anticipation. Receiving under control. Playing ball quickly to space.

• Reaction time. Positioning.

• Fun amidst the chaos.


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

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Number Soccer (15 mins)

Organization:

Set up a 20x25 yard field. Establish 2 teams. Assign a number to each player on each team (example: 1 through 6).

Activity:

The coach will call a number or multiple numbers. The players with the corresponding numbers will take the field and play. When a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds, the players will return to their teams and the coach will call a new number or numbers. Coach can restart play to a certain team or player to ensure chance of success.

 

Variation:

May play 1vs1, 2vs2, 3vs3, etc.

Coaching Points:

• Attentiveness.

• Awareness.

• Proper support.

• Proper passing technique.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 Game

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4v4 Game (25 mins)

Organization:

Play 2 teams of 4 players each and 2 small goals.

Activity:

Teams play 4v4 soccer without goalkeepers.

 

Coaching Points:

• Proper passing technique.

• Proper support.


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