Warm-up/Arrival Games (10 mins)
3v3/4v4 arrival games
To get players playing as soon as they arrive.
• Ask guided questions to individuals.
• Read player’s body language.
Technical – Switching the Play
3 teams, one team around the outside, other two teams in the middle. 1 team of three in the middle dribbles, the other team pass it around the square.
Passing and receiving warm up, get players ready to play with their heads up and make quick decisions. Can the players on the outside split the pass between players in the middle. Make it a competition between the three sides.
• Passers on the outside – combination play – receive the ball on the correct foot check to receive the ball.
• Passers in the middle – look to split passes through the dribblers minimal touches check to the ball
• Dribblers- free play, be creative and use skill moves
Tactical – Switching the Play (15 mins)
Two teams working – blues going east to west and reds are going north to south. Feeders in yellow on sides are allowed to move up and down line. Ball goes into player and they have to get the ball to the opposite target (feeder) as quickly as possible. Competition – how many times in 2 minutes? Feeders pick ball up and players move to new space and show for ball.
Play with one ball and two teams competing with each other.
• Body position, ready to play
• Communication between players
• Minimal touches
• Awareness of space
Conditioned Game (20 mins)
Two teams, two wide players playing on both teams. Team in the middle can be from 3v3 to 6v6 (based on numbers)
Players must switch the ball before they can score a goal. Wide players play unopposed so that the players in the middle can get used to transferring the ball quickly. Wide players play on both teams.
• Play the ball wide quickly
• Be in a position to receive the ball again
• Wide players are always looking to receive the ball
• Switch the ball
Scrimmage (15 mins)
6v6 including keeper (regular scrimmage)
Let the players have freedom to play.
• Individual coaching – avoid stopping the whole scrimmage
• Encourage the players to switch the play – give extra goals for this
By Ian Hughes
Steel Soccer, National Director of Curriculum & Development