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Pass and offer, pass and move

FIFA, 17 Jan 2023

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To warm up, the group plays a game of catch on a mini pitch. The practice then transforms into a passing exercise that emphasises finding open space after passing the ball. The last exercise of the session is a 5v5 match with four pivot players on the sidelines.

Warm-up: Throw and catch

Organisation

  • Two equal teams play throw and catch on a mini-pitch
  • When they are close enough to the goal, they can score with a volley or header
  • The player with the ball cannot run with it, so team‑mates must provide support
  • Focus on quality of passing and techniques for scoring

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Start the game with no goalkeepers; outfield players can try to block shots

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add goalkeepers
  • Add a three-second rule while on the ball

Great questions to ask the children

  • How can you support the player on the ball? Show me
  • Can you call for the ball?
  • Can you be creative when you have an opportunity to score?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between pitches

Skill development: Pass and move

Organisation

  • Organise groups – maximum of six players per group
  • Spread them out in an area – all players begin on a cone and there is one empty cone
  • After each pass, the player must run straight to the empty cone
  • Make a race between groups to complete a particular number of passes
  • You can put conditions on the types of pass

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Start with throw and catch to help players understand the movement

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Condition the types of passes – different parts of the foot, number of touches, etc.
  • Tell the players to accelerate to the spare cone as fast as they can

 Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you think about what makes a good‑quality pass?
  • Can you show me what this looks like?
  • Can you try to plan your next pass before the ball arrives at your feet?

Safety tips

  • The players should keep their heads up when running to the spare cone

Game application: 5v5 plus four pivot players

Organisation  

  • 5v5 match with four pivot players on the sidelines
  • The team in possession can pass to the pivots, creating a 9v5
  • Encourage players in the middle to use the extra players to keep the ball
  • Remind the players that the purpose of the game is to score – they should play forwards when they can
  • Rotate the players, so they all get to play as pivots
  • The pivot players should always try to return the ball to the team in possession

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Start with throw and catch
  • Have no goalkeepers

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Restrict the number of touches on the ball
  • Have only one pivot on each side

 Great questions to ask the children

  • Why is it important to use the extra players?
  • How can you try to make space as a team?
  • Can you try to make forward passes?

 Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between pitches

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