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Drills for Large Session. U 7/8

I have been planning a sessions for 70-80 kids using 4 grids. Each grid has 1-2 coaches with 2-3 drills, then we rotate grids after 8-10 minutes. We have had success so far but are moving indoors and would love more ideas for drills. Each grid has 15-17 kids. They are U 7/8 co-ed and the session is one hour.

Hi Aimee,

It sounds like you're going to have a lot on your hands! When moving inside, obviously you will be restricted by space, therefore it's a great opportunity to work on your players finer skills that requires less space. 

I like using short passing and moving drills within small spaces to encourage them to recognise how to create and utilise space within tight areas. The drill attached really emphasises the players first touch to open up for the next pass, plus encourages players to re-lead for the next pass. 

You can add these ideas into a drill with a larger group in a given space. They have to make the connections with two touches without running into each other or losing the ball.

I hope this helps!

2 touch 3's Passing

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Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

1 player on each cone and 1 player in the middle, 1 ball between the 3.

Players always take 2 touches, the ball is moved from one end, into the middle man and then to the other end before the sequence is repeated from the other side.


Coaching Points:

Ideally get your players taking the two touches with both feet, controlling with one foot and passing with the other.

Demand firm accurate passes to help improve the players first touches.

The player in the middle should look to move and find a new space to receive after every pass they make.

Ideally get the player in the middle to receive body open. If not then get them to open their body with the first touch that they take.

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