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Lead and play

FIFA, 08 Nov 2022

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For warm up, the session begins with a “follow the leader” exercise where every player gets the chance to lead. The session then moves on to a 4v4 game on one goal with a goalkeeper. To wrap up the session, players partake in a 5v5 game with one team always resting.

Warm-up: Follow the leader

Organisation

  • Simple to organise – a game of “follow the leader”
  • Challenge the players to be creative with their physical movements and with the ball
  • Ask the players to suggest their own movements, ensuring that in mixed-gender groups, equal opportunities are given to both boys and girls. In mixed-ability groups, ensure that players of differing abilities are given a chance to suggest movements
  • Develops confidence and personalities

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Physical movements might be easier to copy than ones with the ball
  • The players can stand still and copy instead of moving around the space

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Increase the complexity of the movements – focus on agility, balance and coordination
  • Challenge the players to use both feet
  • Suggest movements that develop hand-eye coordination, e.g. manipulating the ball while on the move

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you see the coach/leader?
  • Can you show me a different way to move?

Safety tips

  • Make sure that the players have some personal space to move in safely
  • When balls are introduced, the players should keep their heads up and be aware of others around them

Skill development: 2v2 with 1 goalkeeper

Organisation

  • Ask the players to organise their own teams and select a partner
  • The players play in pairs (2v2) but shoot at the same goal. Consider mixed-ability or mixed-gender pairs if appropriate
  • Normal football rules, just played in pairs
  • After three or five goals, an outfield player swaps with the goalkeeper
  • Rotate the pairs, so they also play against pairs on other pitches
  • Create a tournament format – winners accumulate points

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Use larger goals
  • One team can start with the ball from the other end of the pitch

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • The same player cannot score consecutive goals: pairs have to alternate scorers
  • Create conditions for how to score – one-touch only, etc.

Great questions to ask the players

  • How does it feel to play as a pair?
  • What do you need to do to be successful?
  • When do you think you should dribble with the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each mini‑pitch

Game application: 5v5, 2 goals and goalkeepers, free play

Organisation

  • Pick three equal teams and make a pitch. Consider mixed-ability or mixed-gender teams if appropriate
  • Create more pitches if needed for more teams
  • Two teams play and after three minutes or goals, one team rotates with the resting team
  • Rotate the goalkeepers every match or after each goal

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • One team can have extra players to make it easier for them

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • A team can play with fewer players than the other team
  • Limit the number of touches per player
  • Play “winner stays on” – the first goal wins each match

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you organise yourself into positions?
  • Can you try to spread out as a team?
  • What can you do as a team when you lose the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch
  • Give the players a short rest between each mini-match and drinks breaks if needed

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