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Take in your surroundings and use the space

FIFA, 07 Jun 2022

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The session starts with a coordination exercise. Then, players participate in a tag game where they must complete certain tasks before they can tag someone from the other team. To end, the group partake in a 4v4 exercise where players have to pass to a team-mate in a specific area to score a point.

Warm-up: Ring game

Organisation

  • Organise small teams of 6-8 players and make up a relay course
  • The players can be in lines and you can choose different ways for them to run through hoops, cones, ladders 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!

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Keep the challenges simple, like holding the ball in one hand or above the 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

  • Can you support and cheer on each other as a team?
  • Can you take great care not to lose the ball?
  • Can you race the other teams and make lots of noise when you finish?

Safety Points

  • Create a safe space to play

Skill development: 5v5, safe rings

Organisation

  • 5v5 – one team are taggers
  • Players receive a point every time they successfully run to a safety hoop. If they are tagged, they lose a point. The first player to get five points is the winner
  • Players then try to do the same while dribbling a ball and taggers have to run to the centre cone before they can try to tag
  • Players have to try to pick the right time to move from one hoop to another

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Only have one or two taggers

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Reduce the number of safety hoops

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you keep looking all around you so you know where the taggers are?
  • Can you move quickly between hoops?
  • Can you keep your ball under control as you dribble and stop it in the hoop?

Safety Points

  • The players should keep their heads up at all times so they see others who are moving around
  • Create a safe space to play

Game application: 4v4, no goals, target rings

Organisation

  • Two teams of 4v4 play against each other and try to score by receiving the ball in a hoop
  • You can move the hoops into different positions or have a different number of points for certain hoops
  • Every time a pass is received in the hoop, a point is scored and the first team to five points are the winners; then, rotate teams if you have multiple games or teams

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Start the game by playing throw and catch
  • A team can have extra players to make it easier

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Only allow the players to use their feet
  • A strong team can have fewer players to make it harder for them

Great questions to ask the children

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

Safety Points

  • Create a safe space to play

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