Academy Sessions — September 2010
Each session is 90 minutes long and help on middle-school grass fields. We will follow the same format for each session. We must be able to reinforce fundamental skills/techniques through both fun games that also make them think a little!
The format will include:
Session 3 (September):
Fun Warm-Up & Stretching
Alternatively, if the numbers are large, have three teams and play two teams against one in a possession game. Each time the defending team tags a player in possession of the ball, they score a point. Each team defends for one minute. Winning team gets to choose an exercise for the other two.
Agility without ball
Coerver Move: The Step-Over
Remember that the first three steps after a move have got to be at pace so the defender does not catch you! Repeat, increasing speed and agility, and practice move with both feet.
Technique - Receiving
Advance the game by using left foot pass only, outside of foot passes, or play in groups of three and introduce the concept of a triangle shape
Depending on the age and the numbers you can introduce three teams (four blue, four green, four orange). Each team has one ball and has to pass through window (gate) to score a point. How many can you score in 30 seconds? If balls collide, deduct one point. Keep ball moving. If ball stops, deduct one point. Three teams compete against each other. Which team asks first if they can send a defender over to disrupt another team? If not, coax it out of them to make it more realistic and competitive!
Remember to add the coaching points at the appropriate time: Get in line with the line of the flight of the ball, make an early selection in method of control (usually the biggest surface), keep your eye on the ball, relax the controlling surface for certain methods of control. Receiving touch should be in preparation (away from pressure) to either pass, dribble or shoot.
TOP | Back to Newsletter