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Darren Clements, Adult Member

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Darren Clements
Name: Darren Clements
City: Deeside
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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

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40x30, 1 ball between 2. Players throw ball to partner who will header it back.

Progressions -

Defensive header - can the player head it over their partner

Attacking header - head it down towards their feet

Key Points -

Eyes open, mouth shut

Stay on your toes

Use your forehead to contact with neck and lower back muscles providing the power

Good stance - feet shoulder width apart

Follow through to target


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill

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Skill (15 mins)

Heading under pressure -

Set up as before but now in groups of 3. Player 1 throws the ball to player at point 2. Player 3 runs in to distract. Repeat with Player 1 running in from the front after throwing to provide pressure from a different direction.

Rotate players regularly

Progressions -

Again, work on defensive header (over feeder's head) and attacking (can you put it low to the side of the on-rushing defender

Key Points -

As with technical, maintain concentration and focus on ball despite pressure, look for accuracy


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (20 mins)

Game -

40x30, 6 a side with GK, Free play to start.

Conditions (if required) -

GK to kick high out of hands

Players can use areas (labelled 1-4) to deliver a cross unopposed. If this is not having the desired affect they can pick up and kick out of hands or throw into the area.

A headed goal counts as 3.


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