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Dribbling competition with small- and full-sized games

FIFA, 08 Nov 2021

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Intense from the off, this session targets several crucial skills. It begins with a speed dribbling competition, followed by a small-sided game emphasising the use of wide players, and ends with a full-sized game with zonal progression. The high tempo of the session throughout ensures that the skills developed are transferable to match situations.

Warm-up: 1v1, 2 goals with goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Organise two teams to start from opposite ends: one player at a time from each team runs with the ball and tries to score past the opposing goalkeeper.
  • The players start on the coach's command and race to score – if both players score, only the first goal is worth a point.

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • To start with, if both players score, both goals count for a point, not just the first one.

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Introduce a chaser/defender.

Great questions to ask the players

  • How can you travel quickly with the ball?
  • Can you try to play the ball out of your feet so that you can run quicker?
  • Can you get your head up and take note of the goalkeeper's position before you shoot?

Safety tips

  • The next players should only start when the pitch is clear.

Skill development: 3v3 including goalkeepers, + 2 floaters in the channels

Organisation

  • Organise a pitch for 3v3, including goalkeepers, plus two floating players in the wide zones (channels).
  • When in possession, either team can combine with the floaters, who have no opposition.
  • Rotate the goalkeepers and floaters every few minutes.

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Give one team more players in the middle area.

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Give one team fewer players in the middle area.
  • Limit the number of touches that both teams' (or just one team's) players in the middle can take before passing or shooting.

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you spread out as a team and try to find the wide players with a pass?
  • Can you receive a pass from a wide player in a shooting position?
  • Can the wide players deliver crosses that can be attacked?
  • Can the players in the middle use the overload to create scoring opportunities?

Game application: 11v11, positional zone-based game, 2 goals with goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Organise two teams of 11v11 and divide the pitch into three zones, with four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards in each zone, plus a goalkeeper for each team.
  • A player in each zone has to touch the ball in order for a team to score.
  • The players are restricted to their own zone.
  • Rotate the players between zones after a goal is scored or after a given amount of time.
  • You can also ask the players to decide how many players they want in each zone.

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Let teams play straight to the end zone, by passing the midfield, if it's possible.

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of passes in each zone.

Great questions to ask the players

  • Do you always have to play forward from the middle zone?
  • Can you try to find positions in your zone to support the player on the ball?
  • Which zone do you prefer to play in and why?

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12 to 15

Space and transitioning in possession games

Space and transitioning in possession games

Dribbling competition with small- and full-sized games

Dribbling competition with small- and full-sized games

Using the wide player

Using the wide player

Finishing an attack

Finishing an attack

From 3v3 to 7v7

From 3v3 to 7v7

Passing and movement

Passing and movement

Attacking with confidence

Attacking with confidence

Adapt to new situations

Adapt to new situations

Take the risk

Take the risk

Spacing

Spacing

Different game scenarios

Different game scenarios

With accuracy to success

With accuracy to success

Find your role on the pitch

Find your role on the pitch

Different exercises, same goal

Different exercises, same goal

Trust your skills and take the opportunity

Trust your skills and take the opportunity

Find the open player

Find the open player

From possession to goal scoring

From possession to goal scoring

From shooting to a 11v11 game

From shooting to a 11v11 game

Third-player runs

Third-player runs

Futsal style

Futsal style