Football/Soccer Session (U13): Dealing with Crosses - Blocked, Variable & GRP (Start Time: 2014-10-20 12:30:00)

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Ashley Roberts
Name: Ashley Roberts
City: Wrexham
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Footwork to Attack a Cross

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
- Using the correct knee; landing in a different spot to where they taken off from.
Technical
Tactical
- Claiming the ball at its highest point.
Technical
Physical
- Feet movement must be short and sharpe, with a high jump at the end.
Technical
Psychological
- Confidence to be built up with a held ball and unopposed claims first.
Technical
Social
- Discussion with goalkeepers about 'Which knee is the correct knee to raise?'

Footwork to Attack a Cross (15 mins)

Footwork to Attack a Cross - Blocked Practise

Equipment: Cones (Pointed or Different coloured disks) & Footballs.

Cones: Pointed square 5 x 5, with red triangles 1/2 yard apart.

The aim of this exercise is to introduce the goalkeepers to the types of movements that we make when approach a cross; fast, short steps, maintaining eye contact with the ball at all times.

Begin this set of exercises with the 'feeder' just holding the ball at a suitable height. This will allow the goalkeeper to develop the correct technique, as well as gaining confidence with a high ball. Progress to an under arm serve if applicable.

1) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to cone A, retreat around cone C, then attack the high ball back at cone A as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

2) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to cone B, retreat around cone D, then attack the high ball back at cone A as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

Ask players which knee should be raised for which side; discuss.

3) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to cone A, retreat around cone D, then attack the high ball back at cone A as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

4) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to cone B, retreat around cone C, then attack the high ball back at cone A as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

5) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to cone C, sidestep around cone D, then attack the high ball between cones A & B as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

6) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to cone D, sidestep around cone C, then attack the high ball between cones A & B as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

7) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to disk 1, move in and out of the disks to attack the high ball after the last disk as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

8) Start with the goalkeeper stood next to disk 2, move in and out of the disks to attack the high ball after the last disk as fast as possible. 4 reps each.

Goalkeepers should focus on a loud shout for the ball and attacking the ball at speed; landing in a different spot to where they took off from, neat handling and raising the correct knee for elevation and protection.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Starting Position from Different Positions

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
- Using the correct knee; landing in a different spot to where they taken off from.
Technical
Tactical
- Claiming the ball at its highest point.
Technical
Physical
- Feet movement must be short and sharpe, with a high jump at the end.
Technical
Psychological
- Confidence to be built up with a held ball and unopposed claims first.
Technical
Social
- Discussion with goalkeepers about 'Why we start with an open body'?

Starting Position from Different Positions (15 mins)

Starting Position for Crosses from different Positions - Varied Practise

Equipment: Poles, Cones / Flat Markers & Footballs

Poles & Cones: Poles - 5 Yards apart, Blue cones 10 yards away from goal, Purple cones 20 yards from goal at an angle & Red cones are 25 yards from goal at an angle. These should be arranged on a curve.

Before place the markers in the goals down; ask the goalkeepers to show their starting positions for a cross from the blue marker. Explain the benefits of having a slightly opened body position; allows the goalkeeper to see more of their area and it makes it easier for the goalkeeper to travel in any direction.

1) Using the cones as a visual guildeline for the goalkeepers and the coach; the 'feeder' should serve the ball into the shaded area for the goalkeeper to claim. Ensure all the technical points from the previous activity are maintained. 4 reps each side. Either an under arm or order arm throw can be used to serve the ball.

2) Perform the same exercise again, but moving back to the purple cone. This time the serve may be an overarm or underarm throw, as well as a cross if applicable. The starting position for this serve will be different from the first activity; discuss this with goalkeepers.

3) This again is the same style of activity, but the serve shall come from the red cones. This serve is to be crossed, or an overarm throw could be used if necessary.

Goalkeepers should adjust their position according to the position of the cross.

Progression: the non-working goalkeeper acts as a semi-active striker; running across the line of the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Claiming Crosses - Game Related Practise (GRP)

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
- Using the correct knee; landing in a different spot to where they taken off from.
Technical
Tactical
- Claiming the ball at its highest point.
Technical
Physical
- Feet movement must be short and sharpe, with a burst of power for a high jump at the end.
Technical
Psychological
- Build confidence with un-opposed practise first.
Technical
Social
- Discussion with goalkeepers about 'Where should our starting position be for different crosses?'

Claiming Crosses - Game Related Practise (GRP) (15 mins)

Claiming a Cross - GRP

Equipment: Cones, Footballs & Half a pitch (optional: could mark out goals with cones).

Cones: Place a channel down both wings; 10 yards in from the touchline.

This activity is aimed at giving the goalkeeper a more realistic experience of claiming cross. This allows the goalkeepers to develop their own understand of starting positions; using reference points to determine starting position, as well as a variety of different crosses.

1 player is to start as a goalkeeper, with 2 players starting wide at the start of the channels; 1 each side. 1 player stands in the middle (in the centre circle).

The player in the middle is to play a long pass into a wide channel. The player in that channel is to run onto the pass, control it and deliver a cross. Alternate pasess to both channels.

The goalkeeper is too come and claim this cross. Change roles after 6 crosses (3 each side).

Goalkeepers will not be allowed to ‘gamble’ on the cross, and if they believe they will not claim the cross before a striker would head it, they should shout ‘away!’. This will be amplified in the progression.

Progression: Focus on 1 wide channel at a time, but other wide player in as a semi-active / fully active striker.

Further progression: Replace the middle feeder with the assistant coach, and have the player be another striker in the box (Emphasis on only 1 striker going for the ball). 1 front post, 1 back post.


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