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From shooting to a 11v11 game

FIFA, 07 Jun 2022

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The session starts with a shooting circuit that emphasises touches on the ball and shooting opportunities from different angles. The second exercise is a 7v7 game where the goals are diagonally opposite. To finish, the group participate in a 11v11 match with wide channels.

Warm-up: Shooting circuit

Organisation

  • Organise an area with four goals on the outside
  • Players work in pairs to move clockwise and try to score in each goal
  • Each goal has a goalkeeper
  • Start four pairs at once and they race to complete the circuit and see who scores the most goals
  • Rotate players with any resting players

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Allow players to have a go without racing to start with

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of touches between each goal/shot

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you work together as a pair to create the best shooting opportunities?
  • Can you follow up any rebounds?
  • Can you try different types of shots? 

Safety tips

  • Make sure players all rotate in the same direction

Skill development: 7v7- diagonal goals

Organisation  

  • Organise two equal teams of 5v5/6v6/7v7
  • Position two large goals diagonally opposite each other
  • Start with normal rules; let the players decide how to restart the game
  • Ask the players to referee their own games
  • If there are more than two teams, then rotate or make multiple pitches
  • If you have an odd number, it’s fine to play with uneven teams, or one player can be a floater and play for both teams

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Give one team more players

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make one team play with fewer players

 Great questions to ask the children

  • When your team has the ball, can you spread out as quickly as possible?
  • Can you look to get the ball out wide as soon as possible?
  • In which areas of the pitch can you take risks on the ball?
  • When your team loses the ball, can you try to get between the ball and your own goal as quickly as possible?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between pitches

Game application: 11v11 with wide channels

Organisation

  • Organise two teams on a big pitch and make two wide channels
  • You might play 9v9, 10v10 or 11v11, depending on the size of the pitch
  • Each team nominates two players who will play only in the wide channels
  • Teams can play a normal game but should try to pass the ball to the wide players at every opportunity
  • The wide players have no opposition, allowing them to travel with the ball and deliver a cross or combine with players infield
  • Make sure the pitch is not too wide and that players can cross the ball into the goal area
  • Encourage the attacking team to meet the crosses and try to score either in the air with headers or with shots from the ground
  • Award two points for each goal scored with the head
  • Swap the players in the channels regularly

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the pitch narrower

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Ask players to score from headers only or with one‑touch finishes from crosses
  • Let the player in the channel be chased by his opponent in the channel

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you try to play a wide pass to the free player in the channel at the earliest opportunity?
  • Can you time your run to meet the cross?
  • Can you be brave and try to be the first player to meet the cross?

 Safety tips

  • Make sure the players have practised heading a ball before trying to head from crosses

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