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Improving all areas

FIFA, 29 Mar 2022

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The session starts with a 4v4 game played on four goals. The session then moves on to a passing exercise. To end, players participate in another variation of a 4v4 game that includes goalkeepers.

Warm-up: 4v4 on four goals

Organisation

  • Try to have a maximum of four players on each team
  • After each goal, the other team starts with the ball
  • Rotate teams so that they play against different opponents

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Players can score in any of the four goals 

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Players have to complete a minimum number of passes before they can score
  • A team has to score in all four goals to win one point

Great questions to ask the children

  • How do you play as a team?
  • What do we need to do to make successful passes?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each mini‑pitch
  • Keep each match to a short time limit and provide rest breaks between matches

Skill development: Pass with accuracy

Organisation

  • Try to have a maximum of eight players on each team (i.e. four players on each side) to limit waiting times

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the gates wider
  • Bring the children closer to the gates
  • Allow the children to roll the ball through the gates to begin with

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make the gates smaller
  • Move the children further away from the gates
  • Put a time limit on the race
  • Ask children to use their weaker foot to pass the ball

Great questions to ask the children

  • Which part of the foot do you think you should use to pass the ball?
  • Which different parts of the foot can you use? Can you show me?
  • How hard should you kick the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each mini‑pitch

 

Game application: 4v4 on two goals

Organisation

  • Group children by size or ability
  • Organise a tournament – players swap pitches every few minutes, winners play winners, count how many goals they score in the session as a team in total

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Play the matches with no goalkeepers to encourage lots of scoring
  • Play games with big goals

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of touches each player can have on the ball
  • A different player has to score each time – the same player cannot score twice in a row
  • Play games with small goals

Great questions to ask the children

  • What positions will you play?
  • How do you play as a team?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch
  • Give children a short rest between matches if needed

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