Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): First touch is the sweetest

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Am-Club: KC Prime Soccer Club

Joshua Welty, Adult Member

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Joshua Welty
Name: Joshua Welty
City: Kansas City
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 9 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

This session has been created to improve players first touch as it pertains to positive possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2 touch passing warm up

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2 touch passing warm up (10 mins)

Organization: (2X)2 lines of 3 players facing each other

Instructions: Players pass the ball, then run to the other side. This is a 2 touch activity, and the focus is on the first touch. We will allow 3-4 repetitions for each type of touch, then switch to a new touch. (Types of touches-inside the foot, inside the foot pass. -outside the foot, inside the foot pass. -inside the foot, use laces to pass. Then Repeat). Depending on the age group, you can add dynamic stretching inbetween cones.

Coaching Points: Proper weight of first touch, First touch going into forwart/side space, reducing the time between first touch & the pass, deception before& after the first touch.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4+4

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4v4+4 (10 mins)

Organization: 30 x 40 grid, 3 equal teams (the neutral team is on the outside of the grid, the other two teams are on the inside of the grid).

Instructions: The blue team uses the neutral team on the outside of the grid to keep possession of the ball. Phase 1 - 3 touches max. Phase 2- 2 touch max

Coaching Points: Phase 1 - minimize time between touches by taking a positive touch into open space (away from the defender, yet toward the next target). Phase 2 - Deception before, and between touches


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Gates

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Gates (20 mins)

Organization: Area is 40 x 40 with gated goals (always have one more gate than number in each team)

Instructions: Teams play 4 v 4 + 4 (If there is an odd player out have them become a neutral player on the inside of the grid). Goals are scored if a player uses their first touch to go through a gate.

Neutral players can’t score, and players cannot score on the same gate twice in a row, Play 3 minute games, and the losing team rotates with the neutral team on the outside every game.

Coaching Points: 1-Spatial awareness – position in relation to gated goals. 2-Know where to put the ball with your first touch to ensure an easy pass can be made. 3-Deception before, and between passes.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (25 mins)

Organization: Split teams evenly, and play an unrestricted game.

Instructions: All Fifa Rules apply

Coaching Points: 1-Positive weight and accuracy of all passes allows better first touches. 2-Try to take positive first touches with your head up to ensure we are attacking, not just keeping possession. 3-deception


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