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Small team exercises

FIFA, 25 Oct 2022

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Players begin the session with a passing exercise. The second part of the session sees the group partake in a 4v4 game with target pins in each end zone. To end the practice, the group participate in a 3v3 match played on four goals.

Warm-up: 3-player passing circle with 1 blocker in the middle

Organisation

  • Make a point of asking the players to set up playing areas and to retrieve equipment at the end of the activity
  • Create areas for three or four players in each, and begin with a throw-and-catch sequence, challenging each group not to drop the ball
  • After every pass, the passer must move to another position
  • Introduce a blocker in each area and then challenge each team to see how many passes it can make without the blocker winning the ball
  • Repeat the above, but now the players pass with their feet instead of their hands

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the space bigger

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • You can have more than one blocker in the middle
  • The players have to volley the ball to each other

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you always move to a position where the person with the ball can see you?
  • Can you call for the ball when you want to receive it?
  • Can you show me a way to disguise your pass?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play

Skill development: 4v4 game with target pins in end zone

Organisation

  • Make a point of asking the players to set up playing areas and to retrieve equipment at the end of the activity
  • Create teams of equal numbers, ideally no more than 4v4
  • Each team plays towards an end zone, where there are targets to knock down
  • Teams can play throw and catch or normal football
  • The objective is to get the ball into a shooting position and knock down the targets – the first team to knock down all the targets is the winner
  • Rotate teams if you have multiple pitches and make a tournament

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Use bigger targets
  • One team can have more players

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Use fewer or smaller targets
  • One team can have fewer players

Great questions to ask the players

  • When your team has the ball, can you find a position to receive the ball?
  • Can you call for the ball when you are in a good position?
  • Can you try to intercept the other team’s passes?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play

Game application: 3v3, 4 goals game, no GKs

Organisation

  • Make a point of asking players to set up playing areas and to retreive equipment at the end of the activity.
  • Organise your players into even teams and create mini-pitches for games of 3v3 (have three teams per pitch). Two teams play, one team rests 
  • The team that is waiting can also complete a mini-skills challenge to keep active – ball-juggling etc.
  • Swap teams on pitches every six minutes to provide new opposition
  • Just let your players play – after each goal, the team that concedes swaps with the waiting team
  • Learn through play and different challenges presented by new opposition
  • Let the players referee their own games
  • Teams keep count of how many times they win a game

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • A team can have an extra player or players if you have uneven numbers or a weaker team

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • You can limit the number of touches
  • You can place conditions on the game –
  • You can make the winning team’s goal one metre larger every time it wins

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to support your team-mates when they have the ball?
  • Can you dribble with the ball when you are 1v1?
  • When your team does not have the ball, can you get between the ball and your own goal as quickly as possible?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

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