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Different pitches

FIFA, 17 Jan 2023

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For warm-up, players are organised into groups of three and play 2v1s. The session then moves on to a series of 3v3 games on different types of pitches. The session ends with a zonal 7v7 played on two goals.

Warm-up: 2v1

Organisation

  • Organise your players into groups of three in their own space
  • The groups play 2v1 and try to keep the ball for a number of passes or period of time
  • The groups can have a competition between them to see which pair can keep the ball the longest
  • Each time a player loses the ball, he/she swaps with the defender

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the area larger

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make the area smaller
  • Limit the number of touches

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you create an angle to receive a pass?
  • Do you have to pass the ball if there is no pressure on you?
  • Can you disguise your pass or movement?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

Skill development: 3v3 on different types of pitches

Organisation

  • Create four different types of pitch and organise teams of 3v3 on each pitch
  • 1v1 in each half, plus goalkeepers
  • Players get to experience the different limitations of each pitch and have to work out the best way to play as a team
  • If you have bigger numbers, you can play 2v2 in some areas, or have uneven numbers in some areas – it doesn’t matter!

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • You could play with a 2v1 in one half and no goalkeepers

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of touches per player
  • Make one area much smaller than the other for the best players

Great questions to ask the children

  • How does the space affect the way you can play?
  • What are the advantages?
  • What are the disadvantages?

 Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

Game application: 7v7 in three zones

Organisation 

  • Organise two teams of 7v7 and divide the pitch into three zones, with 2v2 in each zone plus a goalkeeper for each team
  • Teams have to play through the zones to score
  • Players are restricted to their own zone
  • Rotate players through each zone after a goal is scored

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • One team can have extra players in zones
  • Players can play straight to the end zone if it is possible

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • One team has less players in zones
  • Players have to pass through each zone before they can score

 Great questions to ask the children

  • Do you have to always play forward from the middle zone?
  • Can you try to find positions in your zone to support the player on the ball?
  • Which zone do you prefer to play in and why?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

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