U8 - U10

Dribble

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Area – 15 x 15. This exercise shows 9 players. Two players have a soccer ball.

The exercise starts with the two players with a ball dribbling around the area and trying to hit the other players below the knee.

1. This has to be done with a side foot pass.

2. If a player is hit below the knee they go and collect a ball from the coach and become a tagger.

3. Play until all players have been hit.

4. Change starting taggers.

Coaching points:

The players with the ball must show energy, movement with the ball and quick turning reactions while chasing players. Do not allow this to get out of hand. Emphasize the importance of the pass. Pass with the side of your foot. The contact made on the ball is in the middle, not on the bottom. Aim for the legs. If players kick their ball out, they have to retrieve it.

Warm up – Appropriate size circle with 10 players in 5 pairs and one ball for each pairing. The pairings are numbered 1 – 5 and stand on the opposite side of the circle from their partner.

• The coach calls out a number.

• The pairing with that number run clockwise. The player with the ball has to run round the circle and back to their starting point before the chasing player tags them.

•Once the exercise is finished, the chasing player now has the ball and waits for their number to be called out.

Variation:

You can call two numbers at the same time. Warn the players to keep their heads up so they don’t bump in to each other.

Players chasing can run either direction.

Coaching points:

Fun, energetic, competitive.

Keep the ball close to you running tight to the circle. Awareness.

Area -  30 x 30 field with two goals with. 6 v 6 is shown with the teams located at the outside gates.

•The coach calls out TWO!

•Two players, one from each gate run around the back of their goal and onto the playing field.

•The coach plays in a ball and a 2v2 is played.

Variation:

The coach can call out more numbers if your squad size is bigger.

Coaching points:

This session is teaching the competitive side along with team work, decision making and fitness.

  • Decision making
  • Team work
  • Working together to get success
  • Improving footwork
  • The feeling of having better ball mastery 
  • Encouraging coach
  • Fun
Psychological / Social
  • Competitive
  • Go, go , go
  • The exercises make players work hard
  • Leg and balance strengthening
  • Short bursts of energy
  • 1v1, 2v2 battle
  • There will be body contact
Physical
  • Using the foot parts of, inside, outside and the sole
  • Using fakes and turns 
  • Shielding the ball
  • Body shape when receiving the ball and first touch
  • Angle of support
Technical
  • Field awareness
  • Decision making
  • Attack the space or defender?
  • The understanding of when to dribble, pass or shoot
  • When do we need a team mate for help?
Tactical