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Use your head

FIFA, 25 Oct 2022

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To get things underway, players play 2v2 in mini-pitches where they try to score in the opposition's goal whilst following a throw-head-catch sequence. The session then moves on to a 4v4 game where players tee each other up for headers. Players participate in a 6v6 match to finish.

Warm-up: 2v2 on mini-pitches

Organisation

  • Players play 2v2 on their own mini-pitches and follow a throw-head-catch sequence to try and score in their opponents’ goal
  • Players can also try to keep the ball in the air between them before scoring
  • Players can move pitch every three minutes to play against different opponents 

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Players can start with throwing and catching before introducing the heading

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Players can only intercept the ball by heading it 

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you move off the ball in order to receive the next pass?
  • Can you cushion your header to your partner?
  • Can you head with power when trying to score?

Safety tips

  • Play throw-head-catch for two to three minutes, then alternate with volley and catch
  • Create a safe playing area

Skill development: 2v2 with attacking headers

Organisation 

  • Organise mini-pitches for 2v2 with attacking headers, two goals and a halfway line
  • Players serve each other and head towards the goal
  • Opponents can act as goalkeepers or head it straight back if the ball is still high in the air and can be attacked
  • Players get a double goal for heading the ball straight back into the goal
  • After three minutes, the winners move up a pitch and losers move down a pitch

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Opponents can only save the ball with their body and not their hands

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • You can only score from a double header
  • You can make the pitch bigger

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you try to serve from in front of your partner?
  • What direction is best for an attacking header?
  • What part of the ball should you head to make it go downwards?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

Game application: 6v6 game

Organisation

  • Organise your players into teams of 6v6 and create mini-pitches
  • If a team is waiting, they can also play 3v3 to keep them active
  • Just let your players play
  • Learn through play and different challenges of facing new opposition
  • Let the children referee their own games
  • A headed goal counts double, a diving header counts three 

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • One team can have extra players if you have uneven numbers or a weaker team

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • You can only score with a headed goal

 Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you cross the ball to encourage headers?
  • Can you attack the ball from crosses?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

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12 to 15

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Attacking with confidence

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Adapt to new situations

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Take the risk

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Spacing

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Different game scenarios

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Different exercises, same goal

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Trust your skills and take the opportunity

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From shooting to a 11v11 game

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Third-player runs

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Futsal style

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Use the numerical advantage

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Know your next move

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Offensive advantage

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Transition

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Towards the goal with pace

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Recognize the situation

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Wing play

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Accuracy and duels

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Pass and offer, pass and move

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