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FIFA, 01 Feb 2022

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The warm-up part in this session is designed to give every player the opportunity to get used to having the ball. The session's second drill is a 1v1 exercise which later turns into a 2v2. The practice ends with a 3v3 where the team in possession can use outside players to gain a numerical advantage.

Warm-up: Pass and Move

Organisation

  • Create an inner and outer circle, with players opposite a partner
  • The circles can be big or small depending on ability and weather conditions
  • Make sure players have a go in both the inner and outer circle
  • Build up the difficulty of how they transfer the ball between them

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Keep the distances between players short

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Increase the distance
  • Make the players pass the ball by foot rather than by hand
  • Ask the players to find different ways to pass the ball
  • Make it a race – the first player to complete ten passes is the winner

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you show me different ways to throw and catch the ball?
  • Can you show your partner how to do it?
  • Can you show me different ways to move between passes?

Safety tips

Players should keep their heads up as much as possible to avoid collisions

Skill development: 1v1 and 2v2

Organisation

  • Start with four players per pitch and vary 1v1 matches
  • Increase to 2v2 and add more goals
  • Rotate players so that they play against other teams

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the goals bigger

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Encourage each player to dribble past his/her opponent before scoring 

Great questions to ask the children

  • How can you make it difficult for your opponent?
  • Can you show me how you can dribble past your opponent at speed?
  • Can you be patient when you try to win the ball as a defender?
  • Are you aware of the empty goals or the space when we increase to a bigger pitch and more goals?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch
  • Ensure children have a rest between each turn

Game application: 3v3, find the target player

Organisation

  • Equal teams with an "outside target player" at one end
  • Outside targets can move along the line at one end
  • Make sure all players get the chance to be the target player
  • Rotate teams to give varied challenges

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The target player can play inside the playing area
  • Give one team extra players

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of touches players can have on the ball
  • Make a team play with fewer players
  • Condition the type of pass into the target player – in the air, on the ground, etc. 

Great questions to ask the children

  • How can you find space to receive a pass? Show me as a team
  • How can you be creative to pass to the target player? Show me
  • What can the target player do to help his/her team‑mates?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch

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