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I've got a team of year 5 and 6s getting together and i want to know what a good drill to use to see who is going to be defenders and attackers

Hi Jack,

I think at that age you can manipulate any skill that is on offer to every position e.g. someone offering a big hit could play at the back to help move the ball forward quickly or play as a forward to smash the ball past the keeper.

I think a handy drill could be a gauntlet exercise (see below). Maybe start this as a 2 vs 1, and then progress to 1 vs 1. Players that can move the ball more naturally around a defender may be more attacking inclined, while players confident in making a challenge and showing strong footwork may be more defensive.

Let me know your thoughts on the above,

Josh

2v1 Gauntlet

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- 2 on 1  gauntlet elimination
- Mark areas out on the pitch
- Place desired numbers of defenders across the gauntlet


Coaching Points:

- Forwards should try and disguise passes or use body shape to manipulate defenders
- Defenders should use body position to isolate ball carrier
- Vary box dimensions and number of defenders in the gauntlet depending on ability level

Thanks Josh

That drill/s looks very good i will use that drill in our next practice 

 

Thanks jack

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