Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): King of the Court Activation Game

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Matthew Mackie

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Matthew Mackie
Name: Matthew Mackie
City: Portsoy
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


Fun activation game for GKs (Suitable for outfield players too if avoiding handling variations)

- Hand eye coordination

- Balance and control
- Lateral and Vertical movements
- Timing/ Decision Making

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): King of the Court Activation Game

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King of the Court Activation Game

Set up/Organisation/Description:

  • 20 x 20 box split into 4 squares as shown
  • 1 GK in each square
  • Use tall cones or net to split the court into 2 halves


  • 1 GK in each square
  • Aim is to get to square 4 which is the king position
  • GK in square 1 always serves with a half volley
  • Can serve across into box 3 or 4 (but not laterally into box 2 initially)
  • GK in box 3 or 4 can then return into box 1 or 2
  • 1 bounce is allowed in your box before you must return ball across the net
  • If you kick ball out of play, hit the net or allow a double bounce in your square then you lose that rally
  • The GK that loses the rally has to drop to box 1. All other GKs move up 1 square i.e. box 1 to box 2 or box 3 to king
  • Every rally that you survive as king you score 1 point (Highest points total wins)


  • Can warm up with passing sequences using hands and feet
  • Game progressions:
    - Feet (2 touch limit)
    - Return with hand to feet (2 touch)
    - Return with feet to hand (2 touch)
    - Double hand return/ Double alternate hand return
    - No bounce
  • Server at box 1 can serve into box 2 as well. Players do not need to return over the net but can play into the box next to them to increase decision making options/ awareness promote tracking and following play at all times

Animation Controls (PCs, Macs, Laptops):

Play animation
Play step-by-step
Repeat (toggle)
Full Screen

Back/Forward: Drag timeline button