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FIFA, 12 Apr 2022

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The warm-up of this exercise is a tag game. For the second exercise, players participate in a 2v2 games played across three fields. The game application of the session is a 3v3 tournament also played across three different fields.

Warm-up: Tag game

Organisation

  • Simple‑to‑organise warm‑up activity to raise the heart rate and promote working as a team
  • Tag game starting with an individual tagger, then moving on to a competition between two teams
  • If a player is tagged, he or she has to stand still and balance on one leg; he or she can be released by being touched by a team‑mate
  • Encourage players to balance on both the right and left leg
  • Time each team of taggers to see how long it takes them to freeze the other team; the fastest team wins!

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Require the taggers to move with a ball at their feet

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Require players to move by skipping/jumping/hopping, etc.
  • Require the players to dribble a ball while running
  • Do not allow players to be freed by a team-mate once they have been caught

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you show me ways to change direction to avoid the tagger(s)?
  • How do you know where the tagger(s) is/are?
  • How can you be clever to avoid being tagged? Show me

Safety tips

  • Make sure taggers tag the body, not the head

Skill development: 2v2 games with changing partners

Organisation

  • Create mini‑pitches for 2v2
  • Ask the players to pick their own team‑mate to start with
  • Play mini‑matches for two or three minutes
  • After every game, the winning players choose a new partner from another winning team and losing players do the same. Then the pairs have to find a new pitch and play again
  • Players earn two points for every match they win

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the goals larger

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make the goals smaller or require a target to be hit to score
  • Limit the number of touches

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you show me how you dribble the ball past a player?
  • Can you think of a great dribbler and try to copy them?
  • Who are you marking when you don't have the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between the mini‑pitches 

Game application: 3v3 tournament

Organisation

  • Organise mini-matches of 3v3 on multiple pitches
  • Assign pairs randomly to encourage mixing
  • Before you start the game, give pairs two minutes to discuss which communication skills they will use to work well together
  • Play short matches of 3v3 and create a competition where each team will play each other
  • Encourage the players to use different communication techniques (e.g. shouting or waving their arms)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Larger goals or targets to score in

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Smaller goals or targets to hit

Great questions to ask the players

  • What would happen if teams did not communicate with each other during the game?
  • What kinds of verbal communication (ways of talking) did you observe people using? What kinds of non-verbal communication (body language) did you observe?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch

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