Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): U4/U5 Active Start Week 7

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Ajla Bilajbegovic, Adult Member

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Ajla Bilajbegovic
Name: Ajla Bilajbegovic
City: Oakville
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Run Around the Castle

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Run Around the Castle

Physical Literacy

Organization:

Players spread out inside a 20 x 16 yard area.

Procedure:

Players move around in different directions looking to find space and move away from other players. Players follow the movement of the facilitator.

Variations: Walking (forwards and backwards), running, skipping, knees up, jumping (i.e. kangaroo or bunny), hop (i.e., frog), rolling, bear crawl, lunges, shuffling, tippy toes, etc.

Emphasis: Listening, following instruction, physical literacy, having fun, and being positive!

Additional Notes: If you think of more movements, please feel free to do them. Try to be creative!


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Hungry Hippo

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Hungry Hippo

Physical Literacy

Organization:

Players find a partner and spread out inside the 20 x 16 yard area.

Procedure:

Players will hand the facilitator their ball and the facilitator will throw the ball into a space. Go over what it looks like to hand the ball to a facilitator. The player runs after the ball, picks it up and runs back to the facilitator and hands the facilitator the ball. The facilitator continues to throw the ball in different directions.

Progression: As the players what different parts of their body can they bring the ball back with? Allow the players to decide now. Have a few players show you a different way to bring the ball back.

Final Progression: Have the players dribble the ball back to the coach using their feet.

Movement variations would include: Walking (forwards and backwards), running, skipping, knees up, jumping (i.e. kangaroo or bunny), hop (i.e., frog), rolling, bear crawl, lunges, shuffling, tippy toes, etc.

Emphasis: Listening, following instruction, physical literacy, having FUN, and being positive!

Additional Notes: If you think of more movements, please feel free to do them. Try to be creative!


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Mud Monsters

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Mud Monsters

Dribbling

Organization:

Players spread out inside the 20 x 16 yard area.

2 players are without a ball and become the "Mud Monsters."

Procedure:

Facilitator allows players to express themselves, while encouraging lots of touches. Remind the players to stay within the grid (Jungle). Mud Monsters attempt to tag the dribbling player. If a player is tagged, they pick up their ball and hold it above their head and stand with their legs apart, screaming "Help Help I'm stuck in the mud" Players who are still dribbling have to free a player by passing the ball through their legs and collect the ball on the opposite side and continue dribbling.

Emphasis: Close control, lots of touches, change of pace, change of direction. FUN!

Addtional Notes: If this seems too challenging ask the volunteer coaches to be mud monsters, or even have the childrens parents play along side them.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Candy Store

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Candy Store

Dribbling

Organization:

Players spread out inside a 20 X 16 yard area.

Procedure:

All players dribble within the candy store. The players explore the candy store by shouting out their favourite candies. The facilitator will ask players their favourite candies and name each side of the candy store. Ask the players dribble around the candy store the facilitator will call out a candy and the players have to run to that side of the candy store. NOTE: If children are too small to understand, try without a ball first.

Progression: Add movments to do when children get to the candy store.

Emphasis: FUN, listening, dribbling, changing direction, balance, agility, coordination, and imagination.

Additional Notes: When calling out candy names, it is helpful to point to the side the children need to run to. Also having parents stand around the grid can help children remember where to go.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): U4 Mini-Game

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U4 Mini-Game

Organization:

6 players spread out inside a 20 x 16 yard area.

Parents outline the parameter of the field.

Procedure:

Player engage in a 3 v 3 mini-game.

5 min- 6 soccer balls are placed on the field (one for each child)

10 min- 3 soccer balls are placed on the field

5 min- 1 soccer ball is placed on the field

Facilitator should have extra balls on hand to throw out when a ball goes out a play.

When players score give out high fives!

Have volunteer coaches help out by taking balls out of nets when they are scored.

Ensure that all players are having a chance to rotate in. (Volunteer coaches need to help with this)

Emphasis: Heads up. Keep moving. Having fun and trying your best!

Additional Notes: Involve your parents at this age group. Ask the question, "Hello parents, would you all mind helping me out by standing along the parameter of the field? This will help move the game along while keeping the children engaged." Say, "If a ball goes out of play please either roll or tap it back in for the players to continue playing. Act as a "side board," like in hockey."


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