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Different ways to score

FIFA, 21 Jun 2022

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The warm-up sees players participate in a 5v5 handball game. Here, they play towards one goal and must score with their head. The session then moves on to a 4v4 game with passing gates. To finish, players partake in a zonal 8v6.

Warm-up: 5v5 on one goal, no goalkeeper

Organisation

  • Organise pitches for 5v5 or 6v6, with one goal
  • Players play handball in the area but can only score into the goal with a header – the ball can be teed up by a team-mate or players can throw the ball to themselves to head
  • Players can defend attempts at goal using their heads, but not their hands

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Do not let the defending team defend the header

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add a goalkeeper to each team

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you tee up a team‑mate in a position to head for goal?
  • Can you show me the best techniques for attacking headers?
  • Can you be brave and score with a diving header?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

Skill development: 4v4 with passing gates

Organisation  

  • Organise two teams of 4v4 or 5v5 and create a pitch that has several small gates
  • Each team has to try to score by passing through a gate to a team‑mate
  • The defending team tries to win the ball and also to block the opportunities to pass through a gate
  • The first team to pass through five gates is the winner
  • You can also colour the gates and ask teams to play through certain colours to score a point
  • You can also alternate ways to score, e.g. ask the players to dribble through and then pass through

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Increase the number of gates available

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Decrease the number of gates or make them smaller

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you find positions behind a gate ready to receive a pass?
  • When you have the ball, can you lift your head up and recognise which gates are available to pass through?
  • Can each player in your team pass through a gate to win the game?

 Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

Game application: Zonal 8v6

Organisation

  • Organise two teams of 8v6 and divide the pitch into three zones
  • Ask the team with eight to decide how many players they want to put in each zone – then ask the team of six to do the same
  • After a few minutes, give them a chance to review and change formations
  • 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

  • Allow teams to score from any zone
  • Let them play straight to the end zone if it’s possible

 Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Give both teams eight players

 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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