Football/Soccer Session (U7): Dribbling and coerver skills (Start Time: 2013-11-07 17:30:00)

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Derek Evans, Adult Member

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Derek Evans
Name: Derek Evans
City: Cardiff
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

A session built upon individual skills and bal control, focusing on dribbling and use of body movement


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Ball manipulation

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Ball manipulation (10 mins)

Organisation: 30 x 20m area (or similar); ball for each player

Individual skill session as part of a warm up for the players.

Have all of the players stand in a line with a ball each, and practice various skills as they move across the playing area. This is to encourage ball manipulation, control and touch.

Progressions:

1) Roll overs (use one foot to go one way and use the other foot to come back)

2) Toe taps

3) Use outside of the foot

4) Use inside of the foot

5) Step overs

Key coaching points:

1) Encourage children to keep their heads up and not to look at the ball

2) Discourage the fact that it is a race to get across the area. Encourage to take as many touches as possible

Competiton / fun challenge:

1) Ask the players to count how many times they touch the ball across the area. When they give a number, encourage them to beat that score next time.

2) The person that is slowest across the area is the winner (encouraging as many touches of the ball as possible)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dribble relay

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Dribble relay (10 mins)

Organisation: 

Any size dimenions (dependent upon age), but I have used 15 x 15 metres square with 7 year olds. Cones marked out as zones in each corner. 5 players, one ball. Two players in one zone with the ball, one player in each of the three remaining zones.

Drill: 

Starting with player 1, they dribble with the ball, taking as many touches as possible with the outside part of their foot. When they arrive at the second zone, they stop the ball using the sole of their trainer/boot, then player 2 does the same. The circuit goes around, 1-2-3-4-5.

Progressions: 

Rather than take many touches of the ball, practice a good first touch out of your feet and get into a fast running stride, yet remaining in control of the ball (not forgetting to either stop the ball or alternatively pass it to the next player).

Go in the alternative direction, where they have to use their weaker foot.

Competition / game: 

Use two teams of 5 players, with the second team lined up in the opposite way where the ball starts in opposite diagonals. Place one team with orange bibs tucked down their shorts like a bunny tail, and the other team with yellow bibs. The challenge now is to chase the player with the ball from the opposite team and pull out their bibs. This will improve the speed that the players run with the ball, but focusing on control of the ball between players.

Key points:

Close control of the ball

Running at speed, using the laces/outside part of the foot to control the ball

Keeping your head up to look where you are going!!


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dribble with pressure

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Dribble with pressure (10 mins)

Organisation:

20 x 10 m area per grid (the picture shows two grids adjacent to each other). 4 players per grid: 2 attackers with a ball each; 2 defenders. The 20 m length should have a line or series of cones in a line approximately at 7 and 14 metres. These are the defending lines.

Drill:

Attackers have to dribble the ball to the other side of the grid, then turn and run back. They have to keep the ball close to their feet, and use their skills (feints; roll overs; etc) to get away from the defenders. Their aim is to keep control of the ball

The defenders only play a passive role. They can only move along their line, and 'shadow' the attackers to try and make them lose control of the ball.

Swap roles after a few minutes.

Challenge / game:

For a set period of time (1 minute), how many times can the attacker get to each side of the grid?

How many different skills (step overs, etc) can they do in one minute?

How many times can a defender 'put off' the attacker? Attackers lose a point for every time they lose the ball out of the grid or its taken from them by the defender

Make the defender ACTIVE and allow them to tackle (but they must remain on their defending line)

Key skills:

Use dribbling technique to keep the ball under close control

Use varying skills such as feints, step overs, roll overs etc to disguise and get past the defender

Keep your head up and try not to look at the ball to scan whats around you


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (10 mins)

Organisation:

30 x 20 metre pitch area. Eight cones, creating four goals (two at either end) 3 metres apart. Eight players (4 v 4). One ball.

Rules:

A 4v4 game where points are scored by players who dribble and stop the ball onto the goal line. Points are only scored in this way.

Progressions / Challenges:

If players dribble the ball into the two goal areas, they score extra points (3 points). If they dribble onto any other part of the goal line, then 1 point is awarded.

First team to score 10 points

Every person in the team must score a point before there can be a winning team. This encourages team work and trying to create opportunities for everyone to dribble with the ball.

Increase/decrease the size of the goal areas, and award less/more points.

Take away one goal each end.

Key skills:

Dribbling the ball with different parts of your feet

Use of feints, step overs, roll overs etc to get past defenders

Passing and movement = teamwork

Control of the ball to stop the ball on the goal line


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