Football/Soccer Session (U8): AYSO Week 1 - Dribbling

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Stephen Palmer, Adult Member

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Stephen  Palmer
Name: Stephen Palmer
City: New York
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Key Learning Outcomes

• Players will begin to identify gaps in the defense

• Players will begin to identify where are the open spaces

• Players will be able to dribble in tight spaces-pinky toe, head up touch the ball every step (Messi)

• Players will also run with the ball-big touches in stride (Ronaldo)

• Players will develop confidence to dribble with their heads up to observe all options


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Tag Game

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Tag Game
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Tag Game (10 mins)

Organization:

Each player as a pinnie, all players inside the area.

Instructions:

• Attackers have a pinnie in their shorts (pinnie must be on the right or the left side and must hang down to at least the knee)

• Defenders start with out a pinnie

• When the defender pulls out an atackers pinnie they become the attacker.

• Each player Starts with 10 points, they lose a point if their pinnie gets pulled

• The goal is to finish the game with all 10 points

Coaching Points:

1) Identifying gaps in defense to penetrate

2) Identifying defenders position

3) Recognize how to protect the pinnie-(Position the body in between the ball and opponent)

Progressions:

P-Add More Defenders

P-Decrease size of area


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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Technical (20 mins)

Organization:

• Use same area as previous Activity

• Every player has a ball

Instructions:

• Each player starts with 10 points

• They lose a point if:

-they run into another player or coach,

-they lose control of their ball out of the area

• Introduced/Reinforce the differnt typs of dribbling

-Close control-pinkytoe "messi" touch the ball every step, turn ankle outward

-Running with the ball- Longer touches with the laces, dribbling like Ronaldo

• Players trying to find gaps between other players

Coaching Points:

1) Touch every step, pinky toe, head up - when defenders are close

2) Big touches in space, head up after every touch, take ball in stride (when space is available)

3) WHEN, HOW - to penetrate between defenders

Progressions:

P-If you penetrate the gaps between players 10 times without losing a point you get a point back


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Knock out

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Knock out (10 mins)

Organization:

Same as previous

Instructions:

• Same as previous activity but players are attempting to knock the other players soccer balls out of the area

• Each player starts with 3 points, if their ball gets knocked out they lose 1 point, once a player gets down to zero points they put their ball in the safe zone and play only defender

• In order to come back into the game the player must perfrom ball mastery

-toe taps (basic)

-continuous scissors (advanced)

Coaching Points:

1) Identifying defenders position

2) WHEN and HOW to protect the ball

3) Head up to observe available options

4) Position the body in between the ball and opponent

Progressions:

1. Players get into 2 teams and have to knock each others soccer balls out of the area, team to knock out other teams ball 1st wins


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Free play

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Free play (20 mins)

Organization:

3 vs 3 with 2

Instructions:

• Free play

• Players organized in a 2-1 or 1-2 to allow ample spaces for running with the ball and penetrating using the dribble.

• Restarts

-All restarts are a dribble in or a pass in, but are still in direct

Coaching Points:

1) Recognizing moments to penetrate

2) Creating traingle as big as possible (width/length/depth) to help create gaps to penetrate

3) Encourage players who find and exploit gaps in between defenders

Progressions:


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