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Dribbling and dueling

FIFA, 19 Jul 2022

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To get started, players take part in a warm-up that activates their dribbling and passing skills. Next, players go head-to-head in a 1v1 competition. To wrap up the session, the group partake in a 4v4 game scenario played across four goals.

Warm-up: Dribbling

Organisation

  • Players compete in teams to dribble round the small cones and then touch the big cones.  The team who hits the most cones are the winners
  • You can also have an individual competition 1 green v 1 red x 4 rounds to see which team of 4 hits the most cones when you add up all the points

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Players could run around each little cone, then touch the tall cones, and not have to dribble a ball

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • You have to dribble round 2 or 3 small cones before you can then hit a big cone to score a point

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you try to dribble with the ball and keep your head up?
  • Can you accelerate between cones?
  • Can you try and use both feet when you dribble?

 Safety Points

  • Ask players to be aware of other players moving in the same area – lose 3 points if you touch someone else while dribbling
  • Create a safe space to play

Skill development: 1 v 1 Dribbling

Organisation

  • Set up multiple small pitches for players to compete 1v1
  • Have 4 players at each pitch so they can take turns
  • Take turns to start with the ball and try to dribble past your opponent to score a goal
  • You can also try 2v1 and 1v2  so players have varied challenges within the same organization

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Ask the players to pair up with players of similar ability

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Ask the players to chose someone they think is hard to beat?

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you trick your opponent to dribble past them?
  • Can you show me what tricks you have to go past a player?
  • Show me how you can defend when 1 v 1?  If you win the ball can you quickly try and score?

Safety Points

  • Create a safe space to play

Game application: Small sided games with interference

Organisation

  • Organise 4 teams and two pitches on the same area with goals going across each others pitch
  • Green v Yellow play in one direction and Orange v Blue play in the other direction
  • Rotate teams every 5 minutes so they all play each other

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Teams can have extra players

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Your team can have less players

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you focus on your own game?
  • Can you try to create space as a team in the direction of your own game?
  • When you lose the ball, can your team quickly become defenders of the right goal?

Safety Points

  • Ask players to remain very aware of all others around them, run with your heads up
  • Create a safe space to play

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