Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Positional awareness

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Andrew Mullaly, Adult Member

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Andrew Mullaly
Name: Andrew Mullaly
City: El Cajon
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


An awareness game to stimulate quick movements into and out of space in relation to defensive positions and position of the ball.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1
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Screen 1 (20 mins)

The purpose of this game is to develop awareness of space, specifically in reference to the positions of defenders relative to the ball.

Set up 6 orange cones in a large hexagon (distance between opposite diagonal cones should be 20-30 yards)

Inside the hexagon, make a smaller hexagon with red cones (approx 5 yards inside the larger one).

Between each cone of the larger hex, place a blue player. On each cone of the smaller hex, place a red player. In addition, place one red player in the very center.

Place a blue player randomly inside the smaller hexagon.

Ball starts with one of the outside blue players. AT FIRST, PLAYERS USE THEIR HANDS ONLY.

On coaches signal, ball is played around the outside blue players. At the same time, the red inside players begin to walk or jog counterclockwise from cone to cone, maintaining their spacing.

As blue plays the ball around the outside, inside blue players floats inside the smaller hexagon, trying to find triangles of space between the center red player and two other (rotating) reds where they can receive a pass from an outside blue.

If the ball moves successfully to the inside and that player successfully plays back out, a point is earned.

Play for one minute, then swap the inside blue player, until all blues have had the inside role. Then repeat for red.


-Transition to players using their feet.

Add a second ball and/or a second inside blue.

Point to consider:

-This is purely an introduction in awareness ("finding the triangles") and is merely foundational. It is not meant to be specifically gamelike. Move on to a positional rondo game following this activity to build on the ideas.

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Animation Controls (PCs, Macs, Laptops):

Play animation
Play step-by-step
Repeat (toggle)
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Back/Forward: Drag timeline button