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Know your next move

FIFA, 30 Aug 2022

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For warming up, players take turns to share a physical movement with the rest of the group, who then must copy it. After the group is warmed up, the practice evolves into a colour combination game. The session ends in a 5v5 match on two goals with goalkeepers.

Warm-up: Decision-making warm-up

Organisation

  • Organise the players into a large circle; each player gets a turn to share a physical movement or a ball skill with the rest of the group, who have to copy it
  • Encourage the players to come up with something creative, challenging and fun

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Give the players time to think about what they will show the others
  • If a player is stuck for ideas, he/she can ask a friend for help

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Pick players at random to show a movement/skill, instead of following an obvious order

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you show the others what to do?
  • Can you clearly explain what to do?
  • Can you copy what is being demonstrated?

Safety tips

  • The purpose is not to embarrass the players – if you think there is the potential for that, only pick players to demonstrate who you know have confidence in front of others, or ask for volunteers

Skill development: Colour-combination game in 3s

Organisation

  • Organise three groups, each member of which is assigned one of three colours
  • The players in each group have to pass the ball in sequence to each colour; each group starts with a ball, so three balls are moving from one colour to the next simultaneously
  • Progress so that the players in two colours play together and keep one ball away from the others; when the defending players win the ball, they swap with the colour that lost it
  • Next, everyone plays in the middle area and after five successful passes, the three players of one colour can break, chased by one defender of another colour, and try to score a goal

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Allow the attackers to break with no chasing defender

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • More than one defender can chase the attacking three

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you break quickly when you attack the goal?
  • Can you react quickly to become a defender?
  • Can you follow up any shots for rebound opportunities?
  • Were you able to express your opinion before and during the activity?
  • Did the other players provide the space for you to voice an opinion?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play

Game application: 5v5, normal play followed by conditioned game

Organisation

  • Organise the players into teams of 5v5 and create mini-pitches. Have three teams per pitch and rotate, or two teams per pitch and rotate teams between pitches
  • If a team is waiting, it can also play 3v2 or complete a mini-skills challenge to stay active
  • Just let the players play
  • Allow them to learn through playing and the different challenges posed by new opposition
  • Let the players referee their own games
  • Set conditions for how to score, e.g. headers and volleys only, and let the players find the solutions

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Give a team one or more extra players if you have uneven numbers or a weaker team

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of touches
  • Add further conditions to the game

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you organise yourselves as a team?
  • Can you all take turns to have a go in goal?
  • Can you create passes or crosses that enable your team to score in the air?
  • Were you able to express your opinion before and during the activity?
  • Did the other players provide the space for you to voice an opinion?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play

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12 to 15

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

Dribble with a purpose

Dribble with a purpose

Use the numerical advantage

Use the numerical advantage

Look for the 1v1

Look for the 1v1

Know your next move

Know your next move

Breaking lines

Breaking lines

Offensive advantage

Offensive advantage

Transition

Transition

Use your head

Use your head

Towards the goal with pace

Towards the goal with pace

Recognize the situation

Recognize the situation