Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Running with the Ball

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Benjamin Sohier

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Benjamin Sohier
Name: Benjamin Sohier
City: Telford
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


Setup: 16 players. 4x 12x12m areas with 4 players in each. 1 ball in each area. 20-25m between areas. 2 boxes opposite each other will work together. When running the ball across they will pass into players ahead of them and then join that area to resume the number of 4.

Time – 15 minutes.

Rest – This naturally occurs as only 1 out of the 4 is working (explosive running with the ball) whilst the other 3, although maybe completing passes etc. will not be exerting themselves. They will have the opportunity to rest also as I move through and explain the progressions-variations. The possession element maintains motivation, keeps all players involved and active.

Aim: Players pass and move inside of area. Coach key word is "break". When this is said, any player who is in possession explodes out of area and drives at high speed across to other box. See Progressions.

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

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Coaching Points:

- Positive first touch

- Attack space quickly - head up, fewest amount of touches.

- In slow- Out quickly when performing ball mastery move.

- Disguise - drop of a shoulder

- Passing needs to be crisp and game like

- Appropriate pass to feet or space

-  Body disguise/movement

- High tempo / anaerobic movements

- Explosiveness 


- New key word – “pass”. When said, whoever is in possession needs another player to make a run outside of the area who received the pass then drives to opposite area. Third man run.  Mix actions up.


- Player must perform a trick/skill to beat opponent in middle area. Opponent to be 1 player selected from each area.


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