Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): RECEIVING THE BALL ON THE BACK FOOT U8 Trutzel

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Name: Joshua Welty
City: Kansas City
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Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up - Skills moves

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Warm-Up - Skills moves (10 mins)

Organization: Set up a 10 x 10 area. Then place cones randomly in the square.

Instructions: Have each player dribble there ball to a cone and once they get to a cone perform a move (Emerson, L, croif, Turn out side of foot Left/Right, Cut with inside of foot Left/ Right, Scissors, Step over, Ronaldo Chop, sole roll switching feet or Mathews (touch inside of foot then outside of foot).

Coaching Points: Have the players perform the move as if they are beating a defender. Have them explode with speed once the move is done. Teach players to get their head up once the move is complete to go and find another cone that is open. Work on dribbling with their head up.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Intro: STB

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Skill Intro: STB (5 mins)

1 . Skill introduction

In a grid of approximately 20m x 20m (dependent on group size) half of the players position themselves outside the grid without a ball and the other half with a ball inside.

The players inside the grid dribble freely until they can pass to a ‘free’ player on the outside who then passes the ball back to the same player

Change roles every two minutes, players must use left / right foot on coaches call i.e. 2 min left foot only; then 2 min right foot only.

Possible Coaches Remarks:

• “Only pass the ball when the passing line is ‘open’ and make sure someone else is not passing to that player at the same time”

• “Pass the ball precise and with the right speed”

• “Look where you run when asking for the ball back and make an angle for the return pass”


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Intro: STB

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Skill Intro: STB (5 mins)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Race around the block

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Race around the block (5 mins)

Organization: Set up as many square grids as you need they should be about 5 x 5 or less for U8. Organize the team into groups of 4. Place a player on each cone.

Instructions: Have the player in the bottom right start with the ball. Start by having them pass counter clockwise or to their Right. Tell them it is race to see who can go all the way around the “block” 3 times 1st. Once they go around 3 times they all have to sit down to be finished.

Go counter clockwise for 2 rounds then have them switch to clockwise (Going to their left).

Players are to go around the outside of the square.

Coaching Points: Teach the proper technique to receive the ball (Receiving the ball on the back foot and pushing it across their body to make the next pass with their other foot). Stress keeping the ball close (Good 1st touch) keeping in the triangle that was practiced before. Stress making good passes to the player with pace and to their feet.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dutch passing

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Dutch passing (10 mins)

Organization: set up as many square grids as you need they should be about 5 x 5 or less for U8. Organize the team into groups of 3. Place a player on each cone.

Instructions: Have the player in the bottom right start with the ball. Start by having them pass counter clockwise or to their Right. Have the players move to the correct cone so they are in a position to receive a pass.

Tell them it is race to see who can go all the way around the “block” 3 times 1st. Once they go around 3 times they all have to sit down to be finished.

Go counter clockwise for 2 rounds then have them switch to clockwise (Going to their left).

Players are to go around the outside of the square.

Coaching Points: Teach movement off the ball fill the empty cones before the pass comes. Have players talk to each other. This may be a good time to introduce common terms you want the players to use. Even though they are going around a square teach the to keep a triangle so there are always two options to pass to. They will need this later.

Similar to around the block re-enforce these techniques

Teach the proper technique to receive the ball (Receiving the ball on the back foot and pushing it across their body to make the next pass with their other foot). Stress keeping the ball close (Good 1st touch) keeping in the triangle that was practiced before. Stress making good passes to the player with pace and to their feet.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Training: STB

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Skill Training: STB (10 mins)

2. Skill training component

Depending on the ability of your players, choose any of the 3 ‘basic’ positioning games i.e. 4 v 1; 3 v 1 and 4 v 2. All have similar objectives but with varying degrees of resistance and complexity.

See diagrams:

A. 4 v 1 (grid size 10m x 10m – 15m x 15m)

B. 3 v 1 (depending on the level of the players)

Possible Coaches Remarks:

“The player on the ball must always have a player to their left and right that they can play to”

“But do not stand in the corners, your angle is much smaller if you do that”” With 3 v 1 this means that “you have to move each time the ball moves” (see diagram B)

“Position yourself in a way that you can see the whole grid” (“with your back to the line”)

“Play the ball to the proper foot of your team-mate (i.e. away from the defender) and with the proper speed and precision”

Please note that 3 v 1 asks for a lot of running and is therefore quite exhausting for players this age. Use regular drink breaks to allow for recovery


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Game: STB

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Skill Game: STB (10 mins)

3. Skill game

• 4 v 4 with 4 neutral players (walls) on a pitch of approximately 20m x 30m

• 4 small goals placed as shown (2m wide)

• The team in possession of the ball can use the wall players (8 v 4)

• Rotate teams after 3 min or after each score: scorers stay on

• Depending on level of the players: 2-3 touches max in order to get an emphasis on passing

Possible progressions:

• Wall players must play the ball direct

• Goals count as double if scored by a so-called 3rd man combination (see diagram)


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