Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Gates - Dribbling & Passing

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Matt Schiffer
Name: Matt Schiffer
City: Belchertown
Country: United States of America
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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"Gates" Sessions - focusing on fundamental dribbling and passing skills


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dribbling Gates

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Dribbling Gates

Dribbling Gates is an activity that can be used for players of all ages. It is a basic game that makes it easy to work on important dribbling fundamentals.

Organization:

Set up gates (mini cone goals) around your practice field. Every player has a ball.

How to Play:

Players dribble freely around the field. At each gate, perform a skill. Go from simple to complex.

- Start with dribbling through a gate with either foot. Then designate a foot, left or right.

- Perform skill at each gate - toe taps, tick tocks, turn

- Speed dribble through a gate, under control

- Races through the gates, dribbing, then running races


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Passing Gates

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Passing Gates

Passing Gates is a fun activity that encourages proper techniques and movement.

Organization:

Set up gates (mini cone goals) around your practice field. Every player needs a partner, groups of 2. (In diagram, yellow players partner with blue players) Each pair has one ball.

How to Play:

The objective is to pass the ball through a gate to your partner.

- Game starts by partner without a ball running to a gate. Player with ball follows and passes to partner through the gate. After completing pass, player without the ball runs to a new gate, partner with ball follows. Game continues...

- Players should be 5-10 feet apart when passing and receiving.

Progressions:

- Designate passing foot

- Designate surface to receive


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Coaches Notes

Focus on Fundamentals and Proper Techniques

"Gates" are great practice activities to improve dribbling and passing skills. When your players fully understand the game, turning it into a competition is a way to get the best out of your players.

** race to dribble through 5 gates, race to do 2 toe taps at 5 gates, race to run through 5 gates, team race to pass through 5 gates **

Coaching Points:

- When dribbling, keep ball close to feet and head up as much as you can

- When passing, use inside of foot to pass, plant foot (non-kicking foot) next to ball and pointing at target (partner / teammate)

- All players, 100% effort


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