|Age: 9-15yrs||Intensity: Low|
|Time: 25 mins||Positions: All|
|Players: 16||Area: 30x30 yrds|
- Develop players’ understanding of rotating positions.
- Develop players’ understanding of filling in vacant positions.
- Develop the importance to players of being able to see the ‘bigger picture’ rather than just focusing on the ball.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Mark out playing area (4 x 10x10 yard areas).
- Split 16 player into 4 separate ‘teams’. Having a different colour makes it easier for the coach.
- Players start, one team in one area as is shown in diagram 1. They ideally complete 1 touch passing. Challenge them to pass properly with one touch, keeping the ball inside their segment.
- Release players to play in any segment of the area, still keeping the ball within their own colour. Encourage longer passes as well as short ones, but discourage groups that may bunch together in one area. (Diagram 2).
- Reduce the exercise to using 2 footballs. Players can still move anywhere through the area but can now pass between any colour.
- Finally the players get a taste of position rotation and exchanging positions. As the players move randomly around the area, there are 2 balls being passed randomly between all colours. There must be one player from each colour in each segment at any given time (Diagram 3). Encourage them to keep their heads up and communicate to move their team-mates around.
- Do not allow them to ‘cheat’ by remaining static in one area. Challenge them to keep on the move, get involved with the footballs and use their peripheral vision and time out of possession to see where the space is.
- Add more footballs if players are excelling.
- Celebrate success, especially when a player recognizes that he needs to change his position or is brave enough to alter someone else’s. You can choose a winning team by who does it best if competitiveness motivates your players.
- Encourage players to recognize when they can rotate positions.
- Encourage players to get involved with possession of the ball and ALSO use their peripheral vision to recognize a vacant space.
- Encourage players to move their own team-mates around when necessary. E.g. if Blue Player A enters segment one, can he instruct Blue Player B to leave it.
Diagram 2. Players ‘Released’ from their Segment
Diagram 3. One Player in Segment
- Move players around one by one.
- Players must pass to a certain colour.
- Add defenders to try and steal possession.
- Start the drill with ball in hand rather than on the floor.
- Have footballs being passed on the floor but also a tennis ball being passed by hand, creating a greater challenge to players’ peripheral vision.