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Over the years the professional leagues have come to separate themselves on styles of play within the league. England has been known for it's fast style of play with a more direct approach to football. Foreign players have come to play in the English league to ply their trade and dazzle the crowds. Players like George Best, Eric Cantona, Henry, Christiano Ronaldo, Matta, Silva, Tevez, Aguero to name a few. We now look at " La Liga" a league who is dazzling us with entertainment, team chemistry, flowing style of play, tactical and technical brilliance week after week. La Liga is a league who's domestic players for the most part are the stars of league and country, this has been proven by the success of their national teams.
The aim of this 1v1 emphasis is to create an atmosphere and environment in training where our talented players can find their dribbling feet, become more comfortable on the ball and express themselves. An environment where they're encouraged to be creative, problem solve and challenge themselves without fear of derision or ridicule.
The overall idea is to create more 1 vs. 1 situations and facilitate the increase of game related contact time with the ball. These games is not the definitive piece of work, the games in here have been put together by many experts such as Horst Wein and Youth Academies that have had the opportunity of watching what kids enjoy and the reaction in their performance and attitude.
You should hopefully find this a underline and helpful start to your vision in creating sessions that will help build confidence to players and create a challenging and learning experience. You are encouraged to pick and chose your own conditions or practices. The emphasis here is on the promotion of player centered experimentation and expression, let them play and problem solve; encourage and reward creativity.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create."
Albert Einstein (1879-1936)
5 & 6 Years of age (Developing familiarity with the ball)
One player, one ball, the ball is his/hers and does not want to be shared. Ignore coaching team aspects of play and allow players to begin to master the ball. Games that use imagination and fantasy should be used as tools to motivate young players. 4v4, small goals, no keepers (or last player back, keeper on the fly). There should be no ‘set’ position, free play is encouraged. Heading is not allowed at this age. Allow players to hop, jump, skip, tumble, roll, fall during play. Practice should include ‘free’ play and time for players to try new and creative things with the ball.
Practice should include activities and games that allow players to:
Dribble with all sides of their feet
Develop a ‘feeling’ for the ball
Dribble out of trouble
Receive the ball with various body parts
Dribble at different speedsTurn, stop, cut with the ball
Jump, tumble, hop, skip, roll, fall
Be creative, use their imagination, have fun