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Take the risk

FIFA, 01 Feb 2022

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The session begins with a 3v3 end zone game. It then moves on to a game-like situation where one team has a numerical advantage. The last exercise is a 5v5 game on 4 goals without goalkeepers.

Warm-up: 3v3, "line football"

Organisation

  • Organise equal teams of up to 3v3
  • Each team has to pass the ball and then try to receive/catch the ball in the end zone to score a point
  • Challenge the players to throw the ball a certain way, for example using the throw-in technique or backwards over their heads
  • Then move on to use of the feet only
  • Play a mini-tournament of several teams

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the end zone wider
  • Give one team more players

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make the end zone narrower
  • Give one team fewer players

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you move to a position away from the ball, ready to receive a pass?
  • Can you call for the ball when you are in a position to receive it?
  • Can you show me clever and creative ways to pass the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between multiple pitches

Skill development: 3v2 or 4v3, no goalkeepers, 4 goals

Organisation

  • Create mini-pitches with two goals in wide positions at each end
  • One team has two or three players, the other has three or four, so it's uneven sides
  • Encourage the team with more players to create space or attack/dribble when in 1v1 situations
  • Encourage the team with fewer players to be patient, defend the space and attack quickly after winning the ball

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Add a central goal at each end too

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Have only one goal at each end

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to pass to the player who is not marked closely?
  • Can you try to create 1v1 situations so you can take on the opposition?
  • When you are outnumbered, can you try to be patient and defend the space?
  • Are you aware of the opposition players trying to distract you and win the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between multiple pitches

Game application: 5v5, no goalkeepers, 4 goals

Organisation

  • Organise two equal teams of up to 5v5, who play on a pitch with two goals in wide positions at each end
  • Normal rules, but let the players decide how to restart the game (e.g. kick-ins instead of throw-ins)
  • Ask the players to referee their own games
  • If there are several teams, rotate every few minutes
  • Try to use larger goals if possible
  • If you have an odd number, it's fine to play with uneven teams

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Give one team more players

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Give one team fewer players
  • Add conditions on ways to score, e.g. types of finish

Great questions to ask the players

  • Do you want to add any special rules to this game for how to score?
  • Which player on your team will be responsible for refereeing decisions if needed?
  • Can you organise yourselves into positions on the pitch?
  • Did anything surprise you during the game?
  • Why is it important to always be aware of the other team?

Safety tips

  • Watch all pitches from a central position in case of injuries and rotate to give players the opportunity to rest when needed

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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