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FIFA, 18 Jan 2022

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This session begins with a tag game for warm-up and then moves to an exercise where players can develop their passing accuracy. The last exercise is a 2v2 game where points are scored by dribbling into an end zone.

Warm-up: Tag game

Organisation

  • Divide the group into two teams of equal numbers
  • Change the size and shape of the game area
  • Ask the players to move in different ways, e.g. hopping, jumping sideways

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the space bigger

Ways to make the exercise harder 

  • Decrease the space available
  • Increase the number of taggers
  • Make taggers run whilst dribbling a ball

Great question to ask the players 

  • What do you have to do to avoid the taggers? (potential answers: move quickly, change direction, disguise your movement)

Safety tips 

  • Players should keep their heads up so that they can see others around them
  • The taggers should avoid being aggressive when tagging

 

Skill development: Target game

Organisation

  • Split the players into several teams, if possible
  • Challenge the players to shoot the ball between other player's legs
  • The players take turns to shoot; make it a race

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Choose a larger target
  • Move the target closer to the players

Ways to make the exercise harder 

  • Choose smaller targets
  • Move the target further away
  • Establish a time limit within which targets must be knocked down
  • Challenge players to shoot the ball between another player’s legs

Great questions to ask the players

  • Which part of the foot should you kick with?
  • What strategies work best for you?

Safety tips

  • Make sure that all players stay behind the ball

 

Game application: 2v2 End line game

 Organisation

  • Try to organise teams of equal ability; or
  • Let players choose their own teams
  • Have two teams at each end and let them take turns to play

Ways to make the exercise easier 

  • Make the game area larger and add a player
  • Any player can take the ball over the end line to score a point

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • The ball has to be stopped on the end line to score

Great question to ask the players 

  • What did you and your team mate need to do to successfully get the ball over the line? (examples: use good ball skills, communicate well, work together, help each other, trust each other)

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each mini‑pitch

 

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Winner stays on

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