Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): St. Thomas SC: Learning to Train (U9-U12): Session #7

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Ian McClurg
Name: Ian McClurg
City: Ancaster
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up
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Warm-Up (20 mins)

Objective:

To start practice in a lively way. A fun warm-up that introduces and develops the fundamentals of dribbling.

Organization:

Mark a square approximately 15 yards by 15 yards, depending on numbers.

Each player should have a ball. If not, use the "Change Soccer" principle: half the players inside the square, each with a ball, the remaining half outside the square, without a ball. Trade places when coach shouts "Change!" Players can dribble around anywhere within the square, but should not walk.

Three instructions are given to the players inside the square: "STOP" - Put foot on top of ball quickly and freeze like a statue. "GO" - Move right or left with the ball, fast, for three or four yards.

"TURN" - Quickly turn 180 degrees with the ball, moving three or four yards.

Teaching:

Encourage players to keep the ball close to their feet. Occasionally insist on using left foot only or right foot only. See how many different ways they can turn with the ball. To avoid giving players too much information at once, introduce instructions one at a time and incorporate practice time between.

Later, incorporate your own ideas.

Target:

Stay in the area with the ball and make no contact with other players or other balls.


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

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Zone Game (20 mins)

Objective:

To develop combined offensive and defensive play in a 4 vs. 4 game.

To encourage attacking players to get on the “blindside” of the defense to receive a pass.

Organization:

Area 35 x 25 yards, with additional five-yard zones at each end.

Normal 4 vs. 4 - but the only way to score is by "touch down" of ball with foot in end zone.

If ball goes out of play over end zone line or at side of end zone, defending team re-starts game with "goal kick" or "dribble-in" from end line. If ball goes out over side line (not including end zone) play is re-started by "pass-in" (or throw-in if coach prefers). Condition game to disallow any slide tackling.

Teaching:

The only way to score is by dribbling or passing into end zone - both methods should be encouraged.

Players attempting to score should screen ball from opponent as he or she "touches down" - to protect both ball and player. Attacking player “off-the-ball” should try to steal into an attacking space on the “blindside” of the defence. Defending team must work collectively to stop "dribbler," and at same time avoid being "blindsided" by pass. Encourage defenders to be come very aware of all attackers and their changing positions.

Target:

To outscore opposition.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Square Pegs

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Square Pegs (20 mins)

Objective:

To improve ball control (also known as "touch"). To practice and develop carefully weighted passes

Organization:

Using markers/grids, organize six-yard squares six yards apart. One player passes to partner in opposite square. Organize squares to accommodate all players. If odd number, coach joins in.

For pass to count as "accurate" it must be along the ground and would pass out over the back line if the receiver let the ball run. Start with maximum of three touches (one to control, one to set up the pass and the third to pass. When they become better make it two touch.

Use the King's Court game system to make it a fun challenge for the players (see King's Court). 3- to 4-minute rounds. Adjust size and distance of areas to ability of players.

Teaching:

To make it more difficult for your partner/opponent play the pass onto his/her weak foot.

A hard pass will make it more difficult to receive, but may be less accurate.

Receiver must be very alert and quickly moving into the line of the ball to improve chances of control.

Target:

To win each "round" and to try to get to (or to stay at) King's Court.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6v6's

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6v6's (20 mins)

Objective:

To produce a fast-changing game. To introduced the offside law.

Organization:

Use a 54-yard by 45-yard field. Goal sizes should be approximately 6-feet x 6-yards wide (be prepared to improvise or use what is available). Mark in two 18-yard lines with coaching disks - if available use corner flags to emphasize the 18-yard lines.

Put in a 10-yard handling box out from the goal and the endline.

If available use two people - assistant coaches, parents - to act as linesmen, stationed on opposite sides of field to coach at the 18-yard lines (with flag or handkerchief).

"Offside" only occurs in the attacking third of the field. A player is offside only at the moment they ball is played forward and will only be offside if there are less than two opponents either level or between the receiving attacker and the goal line (Note: the goalkeeper is usually one of the two).

Otherwise, normal rules of soccer

Teaching:

Encourage goalkeepers and rear defenders to "utilize" offside to keep opponents away from goal.

Encourage a 1-3-2 system. A goalkeeper: a back three and a front two.

Give great encouragement for the outside back defenders to go forward (Rule of Thumb: one goes and the other stays).

Encourage awareness, attacking support, width and defensive cover.

Encourage goalkeepers to help "organize" the team.

Goalkeepers may now need to put into practice the skills previously learned in This Way/That Way and Submarining in the event of One vs. One situations.

Make sure that all players are rotated through the goalkeeper, defender and attacker positions on an equal-time basis.

Target:

To get the players ready for the important rule of offside and to prepare players for more formalized "positional" play


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