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Recognise the situation

FIFA, 22 Nov 2022

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The session begins with a reaction game to warm up. Players then find themselves in a 2v2 shooting competition where the winner stays on. To end the session players compete in a 4v4 game played on two goals with position-based goalkeepers.

Warm-up: Quick reaction

Organisation

  • All players involved, players react to the coach’s commands
  • Watch for physical signals or listen for verbal signals
  • Players must react quickly and move in a particular direction
  • Players can also run with a ball at their feet
  • Look for sharp reactions and correct decision-making from your players

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Allow players to listen and watch at the same time
  • Call in a sequence rather than random instructions

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • No verbal instructions, just visual cues or demonstrations
  • Players to directly race an opponent
  • Players have to do the opposite to the instruction – i.e. forwards means backwards, left means right etc.

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you try to be the first player to react and not follow others?
  • Can you be light on your toes and ready to move quickly?
  • Can you accelerate over the first 2-3 metres?

Safety tips

  • Players should make sure they keep their heads up and stay aware of others around them

Skill development: 2v2 shooting

Organisation

  • Organise two teams of no more than 8v8
  • Two players at a time play as goalkeepers and strikers
  • They shoot for goal from their own half in a 2v2 match
  • If they score, then the opponents rotate for another pair on their team
  • If they miss the target and the ball goes astray, then they have to retrieve it before they can rejoin the game
  • The game continues 2v1 or maybe even 2v0 if both players miss the target consecutively
  • A fast‑moving game with lots of shots and opportunities to shoot different ways and make great saves
  • Keep score and the first team to ten goals wins

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Reduce the distance between the two goals
  • Players can volley the ball after dropping it from their hands

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Increase the distance between the goals
  • Play the same game but 1v1

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you show me how to shoot and keep the ball low?
  • Can you show me how you shoot with power?
  • How important is it to hit the target?

 Safety tips

  • Make sure all players stay focused and aware of shots being taken
  • Waiting players should stay on either side of the goal – two metres away from the posts

Game application: 4v4 with flexible goalkeeper

Organisation

  • Organise mini-pitches of 4v4 – the nearest defender to goal can be the goalkeeper
  • Set the players challenges to score different ways (a one-touch finish, a volley, a header, etc.)
  • See if players can work out the ways to make the perfect “set up” to score
  • Allow players time to find their own solutions
  • If there is more than one pitch, then rotate teams so that they all play each other

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Play with no goalkeepers
  • Give one team an extra player

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add a fixed goalkeeper on each team
  • Make one team play with fewer players 

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you show me how to shoot and keep the ball low?
  • Can you show me how to volley and keep the ball low?
  • Can you show me different ways to set up a one-touch finish?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between pitches

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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

Wing play

Wing play

Defending outnumbered

Defending outnumbered

Accuracy and duels

Accuracy and duels

Pass and offer, pass and move

Pass and offer, pass and move