Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): St. Thomas SC: Learning to Train (U9-U12): Session #6

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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): Chiping

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Chiping (20 mins)

Objective:

To develop in a 3 vs. 3 game attacking cooperation and chipping techniques.

To develop good collective defending positions relative to attackers

Organization:

Area 35 x 25 yards. Mark 1/2 circle zone at ends.

3 vs. 3, with team in possession attempting to chip ball into teammates' hands in zone.

To score, ball cannot bounce before reaching zone; ball must be caught by player in zone without catcher stepping outside. Coach serves balls and changes players from zone to field every three to four minutes.

Teaching:

Attackers have to create angle or space to be able to chip successfully.

Passing/dribbling/faking are methods to create an opening for chipped "shot."

Defenders must send one man to hustle player with ball to prevent easy chip.

Other defenders must correctly support hustler to prevent pass, giving clear chance for attacker to chip.

Target:

To out hustle and outscore opposition


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Shadow Play

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Shadow Play (20 mins)

Objective:

To prepare young players for the complexities of larger numbers in team play.

To develop attacking patterns of play.

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. Other than "Offside!" normal rules of soccer.

Explain by showing with a Walk-Through "Offside" (in Super 6's this occurs in the attacking third of the field). Pleases Note: 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). If you have sufficient numbers, play Two-Team Shadow: Two teams are organized but one team (except for the goalkeeper) kneels down while the other team "shadows" though their pattern of play ending with a shot on goal.

Then the other team goes while the first team kneels. After five minutes both teams go at the same time, but from opposite ends each using a ball. Coach synchronizes the play so both teams start together with a thrown ball from the keeper

Teaching:

Use a 1-3-2 system. A goalkeeper: a back three and a front two. Limit the players to two-touch to force them to support each other. Give great encouragement for the outside back defenders to go forward (Rule of Thumb: One goes and the other stays). Be careful it does not become totally unrealistic because of the no opposition - in particular in relation to what could be offside positions in the game.

Now, here comes the fun, reverse the practice on the way backs and interchange positions (see Progressions). Try to rotate all players through the goalkeeper, defender and attacker roles.

Target:

To get the players ready and comfortable for the free play in Super 6's later.


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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