Training Sessions

6-8 years old
9-10 years old
11-12 years old

Running with the ball / passing 

 

 

Warm-up

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The hawk game

The players stand on a line, each with a ball. Another player, without a ball, faces them. He/she is the “hawk”. Upon the signal, the players try to get to the other side of the pitch, controlling the ball with their feet. The hawk tries to catch as many players as possible by tapping them on the shoulder. Points are counted. Each player takes it in turn to be the hawk.

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Match 1

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2 v 2 / 3 v 3: crossing the line

The players are divided into teams of two or three (depending on the number of children). A point is scored by crossing the goal line with the ball at the feet. Duration: 1-2 minutes. Rotation of teams to change opponents.

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Excercise

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Running with the ball and passing

Groups of at least three players are formed. Player A runs with the ball using the inside of the left foot, goes around the cone and passes to player B, still using the inside of the left foot. Player A then runs to take the place of player B. Player B runs with the ball using the right foot, goes around the cone and passes to player C with the inside of the right foot and then runs to take player C’s place, and so on.

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Match 2

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4 v 4 (with goalkeeper)

Two teams of four face each other on a reasonably sized pitch (with goalkeeper and substitutes). If there are enough children, a three-team tournament is also possible. Free play; coach-educator keeps a low profile; dribbling encouraged.

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To conclude

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Accuracy game

Each player has a ball. The players face a line drawn on the pitch a certain distance away and then each one strikes the ball to try to get it to stop as close to the line as possible. The closest to the line wins a point. The game consists of several rounds.

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Essential points:

  • Running with the ball using both left and right feet
  • Close control, many touches of the ball
  • Passes along the ground with the insides of the left and right feet 

Control, running with the ball and passing

 

 

Warm-up

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a) Ten passes

Four teams are formed and distributed over pitches of suitable dimensions. The objective is to make as many passes as possible. First the yellow team takes its turn and then the blue team. The passes are counted. Duration: approximately 1 minute each time.

b) Control of the ball

One ball per player: coordination exercises.

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Match 1

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2 v 2 + 4 external players

A 2 v 2 game is set up (yellows against blues) with four additional neutral players (in white) at the sides of the pitch. The number of passes is counted. When a team regains possession of the ball, the count starts again from zero. Two pitches can be formed. A variation is to use two or three neutral players.

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Exercise

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Control, running with the ball and passing

Groups of at least three players are formed. Player A slaloms the ball through the cones using his/her feet and then passes with the inside of the right foot to player B. Player A then runs to take the place of player B. Player B goes through the slalom and passes with the inside of the left foot to player C and runs to take player C’s place, and so on.

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Match 2

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7 v 7 (with goalkeeper)

Two teams of seven face each other on a seven-a-side pitch (with goalkeeper and substitutes). Free play; coach-educator keeps a low profi le. Objective: lots of passes. Moves built up through the centre or on the wings; attacking and defensive aspects.

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To conclude

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The centipede

The players are arranged in two or three rows. The last player takes the ball to the front of the row using his/her feet (the other players do not move). Once the player has arrived, he/she passes the ball to the last player who then brings the ball to the front of the row, and so on. The “centipede” that crosses the line first, wins. Make the rules of the game clear. Change of direction: change foot to return in the opposite direction.

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Essential points:

  • Passes along the ground using the inside of the left and right feet
  • Observation of partners
  • The ball is always kept under control

Work in front of goal

 

 

Warm-up

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a) Volleys

Two teams are formed. The ball is struck on the volley and caught with the hands. Each player acts as a goalkeeper.

b) Control of the ball

One ball for two players: coordination exercises.

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Match 1

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5 v 5 + 2 wingers per team

A 5 v 5 match is set up (yellows against blues); each team has wingers positioned on each of the attacking wings. The objective is for the players to use the wingers as much as possible. When a winger receives the ball, he/she enters the pitch at that position, preferably at a point favourable to the attacking team. The player passing the ball to the winger then becomes the next winger. If the winger receives the ball from the goalkeeper, no change takes place; the winger passes the ball back to a team-mate and stays on the wing.

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Exercise

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Running with the ball and shooting at goal

Two groups of at least six players are formed. Player A negotiates the slalom with the ball at his/her feet, goes around the last cone and shoots at goal with the right foot. Player B then takes the ball through the slalom, goes around the last cone and shoots with the left foot. Players change side after each shot. The goalkeeper is substituted after several series of shots.

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Match 2

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3 v 3 (with goalkeeper)

Two teams of three face each other on a pitch of appropriate dimensions (with goalkeeper and substitutes). Free play. Regular substitutions. Game played at a high pace. Objectives: quick moves, initiative in attack, spirit of attack/defence and involvement of goalkeepers in the play.

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To conclude

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King of the penalties

Two groups are formed. An elimination series of penalties is organised: if a player scores, he/she goes through to the next round. The two winners are “kings of the penalties”. Goalkeepers may be rotated, and waiting lines should be avoided..

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Essential points:

  • Passes along the ground and shots along the ground at goal (adjusted size), using the inside of the left and right feet
  • Awareness of team-mates and goal (vision)
  • The ball is always kept under control