Station one player in each grid in the crab postion (belly up, on hands and feet). Six players start on one end line. Station discs at the opposite end line.
The standing players must dribble across the area without being tackled by the crab players who are trying to kick the balls out of the area. If a ball is kicked out, the player stays in the game and tries to help his teammates get the other balls across. The object of the game is to see how many times the players can dribble across the area until no soccer balls are left. Count how many successful trips players make. Repeat and rotate.
Push the ball 2-3 feet in front of you between touches. When approaching a defender, push the ball into an open space to his side and accelerate into the space.
If you have lost your ball, get in a space where a teammate might pass to you.
Two ways to beat a defender: pass or dribble.
The red player attacks the blue player in the area between the blue cones.
The blue player cannot tackle but can only put red player under pressure.
Set up 3 gates on each side as shown.
The blue team run through the blue gates and the red team run through the red gates.
Players run with the ball through all the gates, round the last cone and then bring the ball back.
The first player to get back wins a point for their team.
The players (dalmations) are being chased by the catchers (Cruella de Ville). Any player that dribbles their ball outside of the box or has their ball kicked out of the box becomes a catcher.
Position 2 teams of 6 players in opposite corners of the same end line and number players on each team from 1 to 6.
Place a gate (2 cones, 3 yards apart) at the opposite end of the area to the goal. Position the coach as a goalkeeper in the goal.
The coach calls out a number from 1 to 6. The respective players from each team run with the ball following the directional arrow as shown in the diagram, to the gate at the end of the grid.
The first ball to cross through the gate is the ball that is used (the other one can be discarded).
The players then compete in a 1 vs 1 to get a shot on goal.
1 v 1 skills
On the coaches command, saddle up, the player stands over the back of their partner who is on all fours. On the command ride, the player jumps off, crawls through their partners legs and dribbles the ball around in a clockwise direction around the outside of the circle. When they get back to their partner they should go through their legs and then jump on their back to finish.
Group in pairs, with one ball per pair. Station each pair at every other disc. Number the players 1 and 2. Place a disc in the center of the circle. On the command "one" each player 1 must dribble towards the disc in the center of the circle, around the cone, and back to his partner. Repeat for player 2.
Set up as shown with cones evenly spaced out. The distance between the cones can be modified depending on your players abilities. Players dribble through the cones backwards performing toe taps to get through the cones and then pushing the ball back between the cones with the exterior of the left foot. Players should aim to not touch the cones, neither with the ball nor their feet.
Set up as shown with cones evenly spaced out. The distance between the cones can be modified depending on your players abilities. Players dribble through the cones backwards performing toe taps to get through the cones without touching them, neither with the ball nor their feet.
Position 2 players in opposite corners of the area. Repeat in 2 other areas for a total of 12 players. Player 1 dribbles to the cone, does a turn, sprints to the next cone, turns and makes a pass. Follow the pass to force player 2 to get the ball out of his feet. Work both directions to use both feet. Turns to use: Outside, Inside, Cruyff, Stop Turn, Rivelino, Step Over.
Objective: Technical practice focusing on movements, quality and speed of turns unopposed. Detail: Use same 20 x 20 grid as warm up taking out middle cone only. Give each player a football. All players should dribble around the area and perform specific turns (ie. drag back, inside / outside hook, matthew's, cruyff, etc). Allow players to be creative and showcase their own turns.
The coach starts in the middle of the circle, lying down facing upwards. When the coach yells Rise and Shine the players must break the circle and run back to their safe houses (cone). Only one player allowed per cone. If the coach tags the player, he becomes a sleeping giant also.
The coach stands on one side of the grid with his back to the players, with the players on the other. When the coach turns around and says look out yogi all the players must stop, anyone seen moving must go back to the begining. The players must then once the coach has turned there back, try and pick up a cone.
Set up cones in a zig-zag formation. Groups of 6 are stationed on the endline. 1 ball per group. The dribblers move up, then back down the cones performing inside and outside of the foot turns to get back to their team. Inside of the foot, chop on the way up, outside hook on the way down. Make it a race between the groups.
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