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A tournament-orientated practice

FIFA, 15 Mar 2022

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The session begins with a warm-up exercise for the body and mind. The second exercise is a 2v2 tournament played in a league-ladder format. To finish, players take part in a 3v3 tournament including goalkeepers.

Warm-up: Body parts mental warm-up

Organisation

  • Ask players to organise themselves into pairs with a ball between two
  • If you don't have enough balls, use cones or other objects
  • Challenge the players to take one step away from the ball (or another object)
  • Demonstrate the instructions as you give them to the players (e.g. put your hands on your head; stand on one leg)
  • Challenge the players to be the first to pick up the ball when you shout “ballˮ
  • Play to three points, then ask the players to mix and find a new partner

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The players can play by themselves, so there is no direct competition

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add more players around one ball or object (e.g. 3-4 players per ball)

Great questions to ask the players

  • What kind of communication am I using when I give instructions?
  • What tricks can you use to beat your partner to the ball/object?

Safety tips

  • When they collect the ball, the players should keep their heads back to avoid banging heads.

 

Skill development: 2 vs 2 with goals, no goalkeepers, league ladders

Organisation

  • Organise mini-matches of 2v2 on multiple pitches
  • Assign pairs randomly to encourage mixing
  • Play short matches of 2v2 and create a league ladder
  • Winners move up a pitch, losers move down – if it's a draw, have a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner
  • Encourage the players to let each other know where they are by using different communication techniques (e.g. shouting or waving their arms)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Larger goals or targets to score in

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Smaller goals or targets to hit

Great questions to ask the players

  • What kinds of communication help you work well with your partner? How did you communicate with your voice? How did you communicate with your body?
  • If you don't have the ball, how can you help a team-mate who has it?
  • What should you do when you lose the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch

 

Game application: 3 vs 3 with goals, "World Cup winners"

Organisation

  • Organise mini-matches of 3v3 on multiple pitches
  • Assign pairs randomly to encourage mixing
  • Before you start the game, give pairs two minutes to discuss which communication skills they will use to work well together
  • Play short matches of 3 v. 3   and create a competition where each team will play each other
  • Encourage the players to use different communication techniques (e.g. shouting or waving their arms)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Larger goals or targets to score in

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Smaller goals or targets to hit

Great questions to ask the players

  • What would happen if teams did not communicate with each other during the game?
  • What kinds of verbal communication (ways of talking) did you observe people using? What kinds of non-verbal communication (body language) did you observe?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch

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