|Age: 9-15yrs||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 15 mins||Positions: ALL|
|Players: 5||Area: 10x10 yrds|
- To train football awareness and vision.
- To train the ability to keep possession of the ball and to identify proper angles of support and also timing of support.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Using a 15x15yrd grid arrange 4 attackers and 1 defenders in the middle of the grid. Assign each of the attacking players a number (i.e. 1-4).
- The 4 attackers attempt to keep possession of the ball by passing amongst themselves. The attackers can only pass to the next player in sequence. For example only player 1 can pass to player 2, player 2 to player 3 and so on.
- The 1 defenders attempt to intercept the football or force the attackers into misplacing passes outside the grid. The game continues until the defender has won possession of the football 3 times.
- First pass is free (i.e. uncontested).
- Once the last play in the sequence has possession of the ball they pass the ball back to the first player in the sequence (i.e. player 1 passes to player 4).
- A1 has to pass to A2.
- A2 then looks up and has to find player 3 (A3) to pass to.
- A3 has to pass to A4, and so on.
- Identify a specific number of consecutive passes the attacking team needs to complete before a point is scored (for example; 7).
- Think before you receive the ball. Look around to view where your pass is coming from and where it needs to go. Know what is around you.
- 'Keep your head on a swivel', keep looking around monitoring the defender and where your team-mates are. Don't just watch the ball.
- Player receiving the next pass must work hard to find space to receive the pass!
- Discuss how to create space fro yourself (i.e. check away from the space you want the ball).
- Keep the football speed high (pass the ball quickly with limited touches).
- Players without the football must move within the grid to create good passing angles.
- Move to good angles as the football is in motion, not after the the passer has received the football.
- Players who pass the football should move immediately afterwards to take up good positions to support.
- Ensure passes to fellow attackers are such that they can be controlled to their advantage (in front, good weight of pass, on ground, receiving open to the field).
- Use non-verbal signals to indicate where you want the ball.
- Insert 2 defenders (Advanced players only).
- Limit players to 3 touches.
- Limit players to 2 touches.
- Place 2 defenders in the middle holding a pinnie together (so they are joined). This makes the defender(s) bigger, but a little more slow as they need to communicate and work together. They cannot intercept the ball if they are not joined by the pinnie.
- Increase the grid to 20x20yrds and play 5vs2 (still with sequential passing).