Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): USL Skills Training Session - Wk 1 U6-U10

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Frank Schodowski
Name: Frank Schodowski
City: Sterling Heights
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Chop The Tree

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Chop The Tree

Group Size: 8-14 Players

Duration: 10 Minutes

Organization:

30 x 25 yard box, all players have a ball.

Players dribble with the ball at their feet. Players will try to use ther 'axe' (the ball) to chop the 'tree' down (the coach) by hitting the coach with their ball. Coach will move around the field trying to avoid the player's balls.

Players get a point when they hit the coach. After the coach gets hit 10x, coach will fall down and yell 'TIMBER'. Player who knocks coach down with the 10th hit is celebrated.

Coaching Points:

Dribble the ball closely - so you can control it

Keep your head up - locate the 'TREE'

Use the proper surface (laces), keeping ankle locked.

Variation:

Have players 'resharpen' their axe if they miss the 'Tree' by doing 5 toe taps before dribbling again.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dog Walking

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Dog Walking

Dog Walking

Group Size: 8-12 Players

Duration: 12-15 Minutes

Set-up random gates (about one gate player). Players are told to take their 'dog' (the ball) for a walk.

1.) They will try to get as many treats as possible (by going through the gates) in ONE minute.

2.) Players will then play again, trying to beat their previous score by 3.

3.) Introduce a change of direction move:

Players now dribble and stop the ball in the gate, do a pull-back, and find another gate for a point.

Variation 1:

Add two players (defenders) who will try to steal a player's ball and try to dribble through gates. If a player ball gets stolen, they should try to steal another person's ball.

Coaching Points:

Keep ball close and under control

Keep head up to find the next gate quickly - and to spot defenders (variation one)

Use change of directions to avoid defenders (variation one)

Sheild ball with body to keep posession


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Goals 'R' Us!

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Goals 'R' Us!

Expanded Small-Sided Activity

Duration: 15 Minutes

Players play 3v3 (4v4 or 2v2 are possible depending on amount of participants) trying to score on either of the 3 goals across from them. Players cannot SHOOT. They must dribble through the goal and stop it after they go through it.

Scoring team will stay on, and the losing team sits out while the next team comes on to play. (i.e. if blue scores, orange team comes in, green team will take it's place on the end line).

Team who scores 5 goals, wins game.

Coaching Points:

Dribble to un-defended goals.

Sheild ball

Change directions to find open space/goals

Use teammates if you get into trouble. (U6/U8 players should be encouraged to dribble out of pressure as much as possible)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match

Match Play

Duration:12-15 Minutes

Play 6v6 (4v4, 5v5, 7v7 etc)

Find coaching points in the previous 3 activities during the match play. Freeze the game for at least ONE technical coaching point. Keep score to increase the level of competition.


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