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Learning through creativity

FIFA, 21 Jun 2022

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The session starts with an obstacle course where players' coordination is put to the test. In the second exercise, the group partakes in a dribbling relay where players can express different dribbling styles. To end, the session evolves into a 4v4 game with target zones.

Warm-up: Ice cream game: coordination and dribbling

Organisation

  • Organise small teams of six to eight and set up a relay course
  • The players can be in lines or patterns and you can choose different ways for them to run through cones or obstacles while balancing, carrying, walking with or dribbling a ball
  • Be creative, adapt to the players’ abilities and make it a race to keep it fun and exciting. Remember: children love to be challenged!
  • Ask the players to do the exercise wearing a marker/cone on their heads as if it were a helmet

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Keep the challenges simple, like holding the ball in one hand or above their head without dropping it while moving through the course

Ways to make the exercise harder 

  • Increase the speed of the activity
  • Increase the physical challenge by introducing different movements (e.g. hopping, jumping, skipping)
  • Add extra balls or make the challenge more difficult

Great questions to ask the players 

  • What was it like to do the exercise with a marker/cone on your head?
  • What happens if you try to go too fast?
  • Can you race the other teams and make lots of noise when you finish?

Safety tips 

  • Create a safe space to play

Skill development: Dribbling relay

Organisation

  • Make four teams and a square playing area
  • Each team starts in a corner and has a ball
  • As the players move from one corner to another, challenge them to move or carry the ball in different ways
  • Be creative, adapt to the players’ abilities and make it a race to keep it fun and exciting. Remember: children love to be challenged!
  • Make it a relay race; the players take it in turns to go around the whole square

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Let the players decide how to move the ball from one corner to another

Ways to make the exercise harder 

  • Ask the players to perform a skill while running between each corner
  • Only allow the players to use their feet

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you copy the previous player?
  • Can you keep your ball under control at all times?
  • Can you manage not to drop your ball?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play
  • Make sure that only one player from each corner completes the circuit at a time

Game application: 4v4, four goals (target zones) in the corners, no goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Two teams of 4v4 play against each other and try to score by receiving the ball in the four corner areas
  • Vary the corners in which the players can score. Start with two at each end and then progress to diagonal or opposite corners
  • Each variation will ask different skills of the players. Every time a pass is received in the corner, a point is scored, and the waiting team can keep score
  • The first team to five points wins; then, rotate the teams

Ways to make the exercise easier 

  • Start the game by playing throw and catch

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Only allow the players to use their feet
  • A strong team can have fewer players

Great questions to ask the players 

  • Can you try to find players on your own team when you make the pass?
  • Can you run into a corner ready to receive a pass?
  • Can you call your team-mate when you are in a position to receive the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play

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