Football/Soccer Session (U9): Running with the ball

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Darren Clements, Adult Member

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Darren Clements
Name: Darren Clements
City: Deeside
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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Technical (10 mins)

Running with the ball -

40x30 (or 3G pitch)

8 players

4 squares in the corners of our playing area. Players have to run with the ball from one square to another, e.g. square A to square B and so on. The player is expected to run with the ball from A to B then leave the ball so the next player in the box can run with the ball and go to box C and so on. Players have to do eight runs with the ball.

Key points -

Get into running stride quickly, keep head up but glance down to ensure ball is in control, use laces or outside of foot, minimal touches of the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill

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Skill (20 mins)

Running with the ball under pressure -

Same set up as technical drill

Defenders are now involved and they have to try to take the ball from the attackers. The four squares are the safe zones where the defenders cannot go inside and tackle. The forwards are allowed to stay in the square for a maximum of 10 seconds before they need to run to any one of the other 3 squares. The players in the middle have to work hard for a couple of minutes before rotating with attackers.

Progression -

Less time to rest

Extra defender

Key Points -

As per technical. Also be aware of opportunities to move when defenders are out of position or otherwise engaged.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (25 mins)

Game -

40x30 with zones either sides for wing play (neutral players).

The wingers can be tackled but the defender must go through the cones in order to remove the ball off them. The wingers play for both teams and must be able to run with the ball from one side to another. Every few minutes the winger should change. What is important in the shaded area is that wingers run with the ball and ideally cross it in the middle. The main objective for a defender is to give the ball out wide for the winger so one can run with it and cross it in. It is important to remind the players they can still run with the ball at every opportunity no matter where they are on the pitch.


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