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Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football

Technical Practice
Short Passing

Organisation
Mark out two joining 5 sided areas with markers at approx 10m intervals. Position 4
players on the outside of one area and 3 players on the outside of the other area.
Player with the ball passes to any other player in the same area, then moves to the
free side of the area and so the practice continues.
When the player standing on the mid line receives the ball, he must turn with the ball
and play a pass to any player in the other area.
Every time the player on the mid line receives the ball the ball changes areas.

Key Points
Approach ball/well balanced
Standing foot by side of ball
Foot contact laces, inside
Ball contact/follow through
Timing when to pass
Weight
Accuracy
Disguise
Selection/execution

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Technical Practice
Long Passing

Organisation
Mark out an area 40m x 20m. Area to be split into 2 end zones 20m x 10 m each and
middle area 20m x 20m.
Player with ball runs towards an end zone and passes to any player in the end zone.
The receiver either:
1) Passes through to other end zone
2) Passes to other player in his end zone
3) Combines with the passer and passes to other end zone
Passing player and supporting player always change places
Key Points
Decision pass 1 touch, control and pass or pass to supporting players
Approach the ball/well balanced
Standing foot side of ball
Ball contact/follow through
Timing/when to pass
Weight
Accuracy
Disguise
Execution

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Technical Practice
Turning with the Ball

Organisation
Mark out 30m diameter circle, 4 players in circle, 8 players on outside of circle, four
of which have a ball.
Players on inside of area receive pass from players on outside of area and turn with
the ball then pass to a free player on the outside of the circle. Player on outside then
moves to either side, turn and return ready to play ball back into area. Practice
continues.

Key Points
Awareness of space to turn into
Decision, no touch, 1 touch or multi touch turn
Technique of turn disguise intention
Change of pace
Good end product

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Technical Practice
Receiving Priorities

Organisation
Mark out a 30m x 30m area.
Play 3 teams of 4 players with 1 ball per team.
Key Points
Get in line with ball
Decision forward run
Ball into space
Selection of surface
Receive beyond players forward runs
Let ball run across body into space 0 touch
Turning technique to receive 1 or multi touch
Control ball away from traffic before turning or passing
Pass to supporting player
Communication

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Technical Practice
Running with the Ball

Organisation
Mark out a 40m x 30 m Area
Six players inside the area with footballs, six players outside the areas without
footballs. Players on outside can move to provide different support options.
Players on inside of area run towards free player on outside of area. Players with the
ball can either do a take or pass to the man on the outside of the area. Players
receiving the ball should identify space and run the ball into that space. Practice
continues.
Key Points
Adjust to the ball
Good 1st touch
Travel effectively
Head up between touches
Use laces so as not to interrupt stride pattern
Outcome pass/shot

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Technical Practice
Improve Forward Runs

Organisation
Mark out an area 40m x 30m.
Mark out a number of cone gates in the area. Ten players in pairs with a ball between
them.
Player on the ball passes through the gates for their partner to make a timed run
around the outside of the gates to receive the pass. Practice continues through other
free gates.
Develop to runs from behind the ball, runs ahead of the ball and give and goes.

Key Points
Head up
Technique
Timing of pass
Angle and Weight of Pass
Angle and Timing of Runs
Communication

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Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football

Technical Practice
Dribbling

Organisation
Mark out a 30m diameter circle.
Players in area with footballs. Position a number of random cones inside and on the
outside of the area.
Players encouraged to dribble with head up, using big and little toe, changing
direction and pace, use their imagination, experiment and have fun and use the
cones and other opponents as passive opponents.
Players can also use the cones to practice turning techniques. Turning and dribbling
are linked as a Technical Practice.
Key Points
Recognise opportunity
Develop 1 v 1 situations
Positive attitude
Close ball control
Adjust behind ball
Feint, balance, change pace/direction

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Technical Practice
Creating Space

Organisation
Mark out an area 40m x 30m.
Mark out three sets of four different coloured gates. Two teams of three players with
a ball per team.
As a team pass the ball through a set of coloured gates in any sequence the team
decides and return to the start.
Both teams pass through same coloured gates at the same time.
Key Points
Players position in relation to the ball
Movement into space
Spread/stretch
Width/depth
Developments
Coach dictates different order or colour of gates.

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Technical Practice
Forward Passing

Organisation
Mark out area 40m x 20m. Divide area into 3 parts, 2 end areas 20m x 10m and a
middle area 20m x 20m.
Pass the ball to opposite end area through middle area. Player in end area passes
to player in middle area who has made a forward run. When a ball is passed from
one area to another, player from both areas must change positions.
Key Points
Approach/well balanced
Standing foot by side of ball
Foot contact laces, inside, outside, toe poke
Ball contact follow through
Timing when to pass
Weight/accuracy/disguise
Execution

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Technical Practice
Defending when Matched Up

Organisation
Mark out area 10m x 10m. 1 defender and 1 attacker in opposite corners, goals in
corner opposite attacker.
Defender passes to attacker and closes down as ball travels and prevents the
attacker passing the ball through the goal. Initially encourage the attacker to be
passive.
Key Points
Reduce space for opposition
Make play predictable
Nearest defender closes ball/intercept
Decision making make things difficult for opposition

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Technical Practice
Defending when Outnumbered

Organisation
Mark out 30m x 8m. Two attackers about 6m apart with ball between them, 1
defender.
Begin by 1 attacker passing the ball to another and defender tries to stop the
attackers passing the ball over the line. Attackers are passive.
Objective
Attackers to pass the ball between themselves and get the ball over the end line
under control. Defenders objective is to try and stop them.
Key Points
Reduce space nearer to end line more pressure
Predictable showing outside to make pass difficult
Close the ball lines of recovery
Decision making win the ball or intercept
Adaptations
Attackers to play with more momentum

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Technical Practice
Finishing Close Range

Organisation
Mark out area 20m x 30m with 5m neutral zone. Two GKs in full size goals. Two
players in each half of pitch with servers numbered 1 to 3 on the outside of area for
each team.
Coach dictates which player serves the ball into striker. In neutral area if striker
receives ball he should look to let the ball run and shoot or turn and shoot.
Encourage players to combine giving good supporting angles/distances, encourage
wide players on outside to provide crosses.
Key Points
Movement
Body shape/adjustments
Decision shoot or pass
Remember K/F passing
Disguise tricks

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Technical Practice
Long Range Finishing

Organisation
Mark out area 45m x 25m at its widest narrowing to 10m wide at goal in middle of
area, mark out 5m zone with floating player. Two GKs in full size goals and 2 teams
of 4 players.
When opposition have the ball the remaining players become floating players, 1 in
5m zone and 2 on outside of area so team in possession can bounce ball off them.
Practice begins with GK giving ball to one of players in his half of pitch.
Key Points
Positive attitude let ball run across body of control to shoot
Head up
Decision, position of GK and distance
Technique
Rebounds

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Technical Practice
Defensive Heading

Organisation
Mark out area 20m x 20m with a 5m x 5m area in middle of big area. One player
positioned in smaller area. Players on each corner with footballs and 2 target players
diagonally opposite behind servers. One player to serve the ball, player in middle
checks off far marker to enable him to attack the ball.
Player decides which technique to head the ball with, either power, cushion or flick
header.
Key Points
Get into line assess flight
Attack the ball
Decision
Technique contact with forehead, bottom half of ball, neck muscles firm
Reaction for next serve

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Technical Practice
Attacking Heading

Organisation
Mark out area 30m x 25m. Practice uses 7 players, 2 as servers and one team of 3
and one team of 2.
Place 2 cones level with the far post, 15m from the goals. Servers can move up and
down line to provide a variety of crosses. Quality of crosses vital to make practice
work.
Key Points
Attack ball
Timing and angle of run
Contact of head with ball top half of ball, neck muscles firm
Head down
Hit target

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Technical Practice
Goalkeeping

Organisation
Lay out a triangle of goals 4m wide and 8m apart.
One GK starts practice by rolling the ball to another GK.
Key Points
Get in line of ball
Decision
Technique
Make safe

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Skill Practice
Short Passing

Organisation
Mark out two joining 5 sided areas with markers at approx 10m intervals. Three
players in 1 area that start with the ball, in other area 2 players. Two defenders on
the midline. Each defender has one area to defend and can only enter that area
when ball played into that area and must leave when ball played out of that area.
Player with the ball passes to any other player in the same area, then moves to the
midline and so the practice continues.
When the player standing on the midline receives the ball, he must turn with the ball
and play a pass to any player in the other area.
Every time the player on the midline receives the ball the ball changes areas.

Key Points
Approach ball/well balanced
Control into space away from defender
Support angle distance
Standing foot by side of ball
Foot contact laces, inside, outside toe poke
Ball contact/follow through
Timing when to pass
Weight
Accuracy
Disguise
Selection/execution

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Skill Practice
Long Passing

Organisation
Mark out an area 40m x 20m. Area to be split into 2 end zones 20m x 10 m each
and middle area 20m x 20m.
Player with ball runs towards an end zone and passes to any player in the end zone,
then defends in a 2 v 1 situation.
The receiver either:
1) Passes through to other end zone either first time or after controlling ball.
2) Passes to other player in his end zone to pass.

Passing player and defender always change places.


Second defender will move in own area to try and intercept the pass, if does not
intercept the pass player defends the other end zone.
Key Points
Decision pass 1 touch, control and pass or pass to supporting players
Control away from defender
Support angle and distance
Approach the ball/well balanced
Standing foot side of ball
Ball contact/follow through
Timing/when to pass
Weight
Accuracy
Disguise
Execution

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Skill Practice
Turning

Organisation
Mark out 30m diameter circle, 4 players in circle, 6 players on outside of circle, four
of which have a ball and two defenders inside circle. Two defenders pressure two
players as they receive the ball.
Players on inside of area receive pass from players on outside of area and turn with
the ball then pass to a free player on the outside of the box. Player on outside then
moves to either side, turn and return ready to play ball back into area. Practice
continues.
Key Points
Awareness of space to turn into
Decision, no touch, 1 touch or multi touch turn
Technique of turn
Change of pace
Good end product
Play the ball back to the passer if turning is not an option

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Skill Practice
Receiving Priorities

Organisation
Mark out a 30m x 30m area. 4 attacking players v 3 defenders in the area and 2
floating target players at the end of each area. Practice starts with 1 server passing
across to other server.
To pass from target players to other target players.
Key Points
Create space individual and team
Awareness of defenders
Receive beyond players forward runs
Let ball run across body into space 0 touch
Turning technique to receive 1 or multi touch
Control ball away from traffic before turning or passing
Pass to supporting player
Communication

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Skill Practice
Running with the Ball

Organisation
Mark out a 40m x 40 m Area five attackers with 2 footballs and three defenders
inside area with 1 player on each side of area.
To create as many running with the ball opportunities as possible.
Players on ball can run towards a free player on outside of area and either pass or do
a take over. Players receiving the ball should identify space and run into that space.
Players encouraged to run at defenders and play a give and go.
Key Points
Adjust to the ball
1st touch
Travel effectively
Head up between touches
Changes of direction
Support angle and distance
Outcome pass/shot

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Skill Practice
Improve Forward Runs

Organisation
Mark out area 40m x 30m with two 15m x 15m grids in opposite corners of the area.
In one grid play 4 attackers v 2 defenders and in other grid 3 attackers v 1 defender.
Objective
Four attackers create opportunity to release a player making a forward run so that
they can pass to the other grid and join in. One defender gives chase and also joins
other grid now making a 4 v 2.

Key Points
Head up
Movement/support
Technique
Timing
Angle and Weight of Pass
Angle and Timing of Runs
Communication

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Skill Practice
Dribbling

Organisation
Mark out a 50m x 20m area with two 10m x 20m end zones. 3 v 3 in middle area
with 4 floating players on outside of area. Floaters pass to team in possession.
Objective
Team in possession to dribble ball into end zone.
Key Points
Recognise opportunity
Develop 1 v 1 situations through team mates movement
Positive attitude
Feint to unbalance defender
Executive technique
Close ball control
Adjust behind ball
Feint, balance, change pace/direction

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Skill Practice
Creating Space

Organisation
Mark out a rectangle 15m in diameter and position 2 attackers and 1 defender in this
area. Place 3 cones placed evenly 15m outside this area with a player on each
cone, 2 players with a ball, 1 without a ball. One player with ball passes to any
attacker in the circle defender tries to win the ball.
Objective
Players in circle combine to pass ball out of the circle to a player on the outside that
does not have a ball.

Key Points
Players position in relation to the ball and defender
Movement into space
Get in line to receive
Accurate pass
Support angle/distance
Good end product

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Skill Practice
Forward Passing

Organisation
Mark out area 40m x 20m. Divide area into 3 parts, 2 end areas 10m x 20m and a
middle area 20m x 20m. Position 3 attackers in each area and 3 defenders who can
go into any area to defend.
Objective
Pass the ball to opposite end area through middle area. Player in end area passes
to player in middle area who has made a forward run. When a ball is passed from
one area to another, 1 player from both areas must change positions.
Key Points
Awareness defenders position
Decision pass or pass to supporting player
Approach/well balanced
Standing foot by side of ball
Foot contact laces, inside, outside, toe poke
Ball contact follow through
Timing when to pass
Weight/accuracy/disguise
Execution
If defenders press as a unit play long to far end zone

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Skill Practice
Defending when Matched Up

Organisation
Mark out area 30m x 10m. 2 Defenders and 2 attackers, a centre line and goals at
either end. Two servers placed at either end of the grid, who can move anywhere
along the line to pass the ball
Server passes to attacker and defenders close down as ball travels and prevents the
attackers passing the ball through the goal.
Key Points
Reduce space for opposition
Make play predictable
Nearest defender closes ball/intercept
Cover/support
Decision making make things difficult for opposition

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Skill Practice
Defending when Outnumbered

Organisation
Mark out area 30m x 30m and play 4 v 4 with one floating player who plays for team
in possession and play 1 v 1 in both tapered end zones, which can be 15m long
tapering to 10m wide.
Objective
Team in possession look to pass to the attacker in the end zone and one team mate
looks to make a forward run to join attacker in end zone. Defender should try to win
the ball or delay to allow a team mate to recover to make a 2 v 2 situation. If the
defenders win the ball they pass the ball back into the main area. Practice continues.
Key Points
Reduce space nearer to end line more pressure
Predictable showing outside to make pass difficult
Close the ball
Decision making win the ball or intercept
Recovery runs
Adaptations
2 attackers and 2 defenders enter the end zone

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Skill Practice
Finishing Close Range

Organisation
Mark out area 20m x 30m with 5m neutral zone. Two GKs in full size goals. Two
players in each half of pitch, servers numbered 1 to 2 on the outside of area for each
team. Position 1 defender in each area.
Coach dictates which player serves the ball into striker. In neutral area if striker
receives ball he should look to let the ball run and shoot or turn and shoot.
Encourage players to combine giving good supporting angles/distances, encourage
wide players on outside to vary serves, passes and crosses.
Key Points
Movement
Awareness of defenders
Body shape/adjustments
Decision shoot or pass
Remember K/F passing
Disguise tricks

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Skill Practice
Long Range Finishing

Organisation
Mark out area 45m x 25m at its widest, narrowing to 10m wide at goal in middle of
area, mark out 5m zone with floating player. Two GKs in full size goals and 2 teams
of 4 players, 3 conditioned to stay in defensive half and 1 to stay in attacking half,
who can defend against the 3 defenders.
Team in possession can use the floating player or their team mate in other half to
bounce the ball off and create shooting opportunities. GK can distribute to floating
player to set up opportunities.
Objective
Receive ball and shoot at goal or combine with supporting players to create
opportunity to shoot at goal from within the defending half.
Key Points
Positive attitude let ball run across body or control to shoot
Head up shoot or pass
Decision, position of GK and distance dictates type of shot
Technique
Rebounds

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Skill Practice
Defending Headers

Organisation
Mark out area as shown one on either side of penalty area and one 25m from goal.
One player in each area as servers with footballs. Each server is numbered and can
move in the area to change the angle of service. Server throws the ball in. Coach
dictates which server serves the ball,
Key Points
Get into line assess flight
Attack the ball
Decision
Technique
Cover from second defender
Reaction for next serve
Squeeze up pitch when ball headed clear

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Skill Practice
Attacking Headers

Organisation
Mark out area 30m x 25m. Practice uses 7 players, 4 attackers in pairs, 1 defender,
1 server and a GK. Server can move up and down line to provide variety of crosses.
Key Points
Movement timing and angle
Attack ball
Contact of head with ball
Head down
Hit target

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Skill Practice
Goalkeeping

Organisation
Mark out area 30m x 15m with a half way line. Place 3 attackers v 1 defender in
each half. Two goals 4m apart and 2 GKs. Play 3 v 1 in each half of the pitch.
One GK starts practice by rolling the ball to another GK.
Key Points
Get in line of ball
Decision
Technique
Make safe
Adaptation
Encourage attackers to shoot at GK

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Small Sided Game


Short Passing

Organisation
Mark out an area 40m x 30m, play 4 v 4 in the area with 2 floating players. Position 2
target players one on each side of the area. Floating and target players can be
conditioned to 1 or 2 touches and can move up and down the line.
Team with ball to play pass on ground to target player.
Key Points
Create space individual/team individual (lose marker take defender away
and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available)
key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Support behind/advance of the ball Behind (a player should support behind the
ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who receives the ball
can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then support ahead of the
ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap the player in
possession, cross over etc.
Individual technique use coaching points from the technical session on passing,
head over ball when drilling the ball, lean back when playing lofted pass
Selection of pass short passes use instep, long passes use laces drill the
ball into receiving player
Movement/timing of runs take defender away then come close to create space,
disguise the run (fake to go one way then go the other)
Good end product
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Small Sided Game


Long Passing

Organisation
Mark out area 45m x 30m there are two 15m x 30m target areas at either end.
Play 4 v 4, these players can go anywhere including the target areas. Two target
players are positioned in each end zone and must stay in these areas. Target
players can only provide support and cannot make long passes.
Objective
Make long passes at every opportunity into the opposite target area to score a goal.
Possession is retained if a goal is scored.
Key Points
Create space individual/team - individual (lose marker take defender away
and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available)
key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Support angle/distances Support Behind (a player should support behind the
ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who receives the ball
can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then support ahead of the
ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap the player in
possession, cross over etc.
Angles/Distances look at the player receiving the ball can he open his body
(angle) and get half turned to be able to bring other players into play. Supporting
players should look at the player receiving body shape. Distance dont close
space down (it is easy for players to ball watch and accidentally close down the
space between themselves and the player with the ball
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Individual Technique - use coaching points from the technical session on passing,
head over ball when drilling the ball, lean back when playing lofted pass
Selection of pass - short passes use instep, long passes use laces drill the
ball into receiving player
Movement/timing of runs - take defender away then come close to create space,
disguise the run (fake to go one way then go the other)
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Turning

Organisation
Mark out a 40m x 40m area with 4 areas 10m x 10m in each corner. Play 3 teams of
4 players,
4 v 4 in the middle area and 1 player in each corner area. Players in
middle area cannot go into corner areas. Play possession and team in possession
can play into corner areas to retain possession but cannot play back into the same
corner area once it has been passed out. If defenders win possession they play with
the men in the corner areas.
Key Points
Create space individual and as a team - individual (lose marker take defender
away and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space
available) key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as
a centre midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to
defend against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in
possession to switch play and change the point of attack.
Awareness space and defenders coach players to be aware of where
defenders are (usually players get drawn towards the ball so coach players to
stay out of the crowded area near the ball. Key coaching point do not just tell
them to stand miles away in a position that isnt supporting play. Coach the player
to continually move but also stay out
Individual Technique when/where turning in the right areas if it is on to keep
the ball and play forward then encourage players to play forward dont turn for
the sake of turning.
Key Coaching Point player in possession must be aware of where the defender
is if he is going to turn, if defender is on his right-hand-side then obviously he
should turn to his left and vice-versa
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Coach a player to turn when his/her forward pass is blocked and he has no
support ahead of him. However, it may be too difficult to turn so he has to keep
possession and wait for support from team mates.
Selection of pass long pass into one of corners (laces/lofted), short intricate
passes in congested area
Movement/timing of runs movement of players to support the target players is
key. Player in the corner has to have at least 2 options in good supporting
positions
Timing of runs to support the player in possession leave it too late and the
player in possession has no options and will eventually give the ball away. Too
early and the space is closed down and it is too difficult to play.
Good end product turning in the right areas end product would be retaining
possession and switching play by using a turn.

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Receiving Priorities

Organisation
Mark out 40m x 30m with two 5m x 30m end zones. Play 4 v 4 in the middle area
and 2 players, one from each team in the end zones.
The ball is passed between target players and as the ball is passed the team in
possession can move into position to receive the ball.
Objective
To receive the ball from one set of target players and transfer it to the other target
players.
Key Points
Create space s individuals or as a team - individual (lose marker take defender
away and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space
available) key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as
a centre midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to
defend against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in
possession to switch play and change the point of attack.
Receive ball into space beyond defenders Timing of run behind the defender
Receive to control into space and play forward Body Shape half turned to
enable player to play forward

Receive to control and turn into space multi touch quality of touch/turn
Receive to control and pass to supporting player - Support Behind (a player
should support behind the ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the
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player who receives the ball can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and
then support ahead of the ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe
overlap the player in possession, cross over etc.
Selection of pass if it is on to play forward early do so with a drilled pass along
the floor or a lofted pass (depending on position of defenders)
Movement/timing of runs - movement of players to support the target players is
key. Player in the corner has to have at least 2 options in good supporting
positions
Good end product retain possession, simple passing dont force play forward.
Start again if have to

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Running with the Ball

Organisation
Mark out an area 60m x 30m with a 10m x 30m area at each end. Play 4 v 4 inside
the area, with 2 floating players inside the area and 2 floating players on the outside
who can move up and down the sideline. Team in possession can use the floating
players who are conditioned to a maximum of 2 touches. Floater on outside of pitch
starts practice by passing ball into larger area.
Objective
Team in possession to run the ball into either end zone.
Key Points
Create space individual/team - individual (lose marker take defender away
and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available)
key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Support behind/advance of the ball - Support Behind (a player should support
behind the ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who
receives the ball can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then
support ahead of the ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap
the player in possession, cross over etc.
Individual technique head up, keep ball close, drive forward into space
Selection of pass - if it is on to play forward early do so with a drilled pass along
the floor or a lofted pass (depending on position of defenders). Key Coaching
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Point (play ball forward if it is not on to run with the ball). Just because the
session is running with the ball dont forget the objective of the game
Movement/timing of runs - movement of players to support the target players is
key. Player in the corner has to have at least 2 options in good supporting
positions
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Improving Forward Runs

Organisation
Mark out an area total 50m x 30m with two 10 x 30 end zones. Play 4 v 4 in central
area with 2 floating players.
Objective
Team in possession to pass the ball into the end zone for a forward runner. Floating
players cannot pass into end zone. When a team gets ball into end zone they retain
possession and now attack the other end zone.
Key Points
Create space individual/team - individual (lose marker take defender away
and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available)
key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Support behind/advance of the ball - Support Behind (a player should support
behind the ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who
receives the ball can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then
support ahead of the ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap
the player in possession, cross over etc.
Individual technique
Selection of pass - if it is on to play forward early do so with a drilled pass along
the floor or a lofted pass (depending on position of defenders). Selection of pass
is dependant on the run from supporting payer. If player is running at full speed
then a quick pass into the end zone is required.
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Movement/timing of runs - movement of players to support the target players is


key. If get into end zone too early then goal will be disallowed as player has
arrived too early. Supporting player should look at visual cues from the player with
the ball e.g. when player in possession looks up and then puts his head down to
pass the supporting player should have already started his run into end zone.
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Dribbling

Organisation
Mark out a pitch of 40m x 20m. Play 4 v 4 on the pitch with 2 GKs in goals.
Objective
To dribble and score goals.
Key Points
Create space as individual and as a team to either receive the ball or for a team
mate to receive the ball individual (lose marker take defender away and then
come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available) key
coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Receive on half turn, positive attitude feel where defender is, take defender
away then receive the ball on half turn. Attitude to beat the defender
Create 1 v 1 situations supporting players can create space by overlapping
player with ball. Movement off the ball from supporting players is essential to
create 1 v. 1 situations.
Support behind/advance of the ball - Support Behind (a player should support
behind the ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who
receives the ball can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then
support ahead of the ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap
the player in possession, cross over etc.

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Individual technique willingness to beat the player, step-over, fakes, do things at
speed pointless doing several step overs and not getting at the defender.
Selection of pass if player in possession is faced with a 2 v. 1 situation then
passing is the best option. Start again if you have to. Good quality pass into feet is
essential for players receiving the ball. A slow pass will enable the defender to get
tight and prevent attacking player to turn and dribble.
Movement/timing of runs players ahead of the ball must pull out wide and take
covering defender away to allow player in possession to have a 1 v. 1 situation
Good end product finish with a goal/shot

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Creating Space

Organisation
Set up an area 60m x 40m with two 10m x 40m end zones. Play 4 v 4 plus 2 floating
players in the large area and one floating player in each end zone.
Objective
Team in possession to pass the ball into a target player and retain possession to
pass into the other target player.
Key Points
Create space individual/team - individual (lose marker take defender away
and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available)
key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Support behind/advance of the ball - Support Behind (a player should support
behind the ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who
receives the ball can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then
support ahead of the ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap
the player in possession, cross over etc.
Individual technique
Selection of pass can player in possession play forward early? If not retain
possession and be patient. Opportunities to pass forward will become available.
Movement/timing of runs timing of runs to support target player. Too early closes
down space, too late and the team will lose possession.
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Forward Passing

Organisation
Mark out an area 50m x 30m with two 10m x 30m at either end. Play 4 v 4 in the
larger area and 2 floating players in each end zone. To start practice ball is passed
across end zone and then into the larger area.
Objective
Create opportunities to pass forward either to team mates or the floating players in
the end zones. Once the ball has been passed into the end zone possession
changes hands.
Key Points
Create space individual/team - individual (lose marker take defender away
and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available)
key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Support behind/advance of the ball - Support Behind (a player should support
behind the ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who
receives the ball can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then
support ahead of the ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap
the player in possession, cross over etc.
Individual technique
Selection of pass - can player in possession play forward early? If not retain
possession and be patient. Opportunities to pass forward will become available.
Movement/timing of runs - timing of runs to support target player. Too early closes
down space, too late and the team will lose possession
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Close Range Finishing

Organisation
Set up an area 30m x 20m. Play 4 v 4 in the area, 2 GKs with full size goals and a
floating player on each side to act as servers. Servers can also be used to create
opportunities to shoot.
Objective
Shoot and score goals. Whilst this is an attacking game there is a need to defend to
make sure the team in possession are not caught on the counter attack.
Key Points
Movement create space (length & width). When a team wins the ball, stop the
session and coach the team to create space by using all the length and width. Use
wide players to drag defenders out of position. If floating players are crossing the
ball look at strikers crossing over, zig-zag runs, communication between attacking
players. One goes front post one goes back post
Awareness of defenders Individually feel where the defender is, create space
by taking the defender away and then quickly changing direction.
As a team look at shape of defenders, if defenders are out of position, exploit
the space either by passing or dribbling into space
Body shape get half turned to enable the player to shoot quickly. Body shape
when shooting body over ball for low drilled shots, fake to shoot one way and
shoot the other.
Decision shoot or pass Be confident! shoot early if its on? Pass if other
player is in a better position to score. Key coaching point coach attacking team
to look at position of keeper if keeper is on one side of the goal then obviously
aim for opposite corner. If off his line then encourage players to attempt to lob the
keeper (if in large goals).
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Remember coaching points of passing


Rebounds follow in every shot this is a good coaching point as players always
forget to do this.

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Long Range Finishing

Organisation
Mark out an area 40m x 20m with a halfway line. Two GKs in full size goals. Play 4
v 4 on the pitch. Four supporting players, 2 on the pitch and 2 on the sides of the
pitch. Floating players cannot shoot.
Objective
Encourage long range shooting. If a goal is scored from the defensive half of the
pitch award 2 goals.
Key Points
Create space individual/team - individual (lose marker take defender away
and then come close or vice versa) Team (width/length use all space available)
key coaching point = ensure that there is at least one player acting as a centre
midfield player. If all players are spread around the outside it is easy to defend
against. Having a player in the centre of the pitch allows the team in possession to
switch play and change the point of attack.
Support angles/distance - Support Behind (a player should support behind the
ball when the player in possession cant turn. If the player who receives the ball
can turn (communicate tell them they can turn) and then support ahead of the
ball if the player receiving the ball can turn. Maybe overlap the player in
possession, cross over etc.
Positive attitude let ball run across body or control to shoot Head up shoot or pass decision making, key coaching points because it is
long range shooting players will just shoot the majority of the time. Coach the
players that passing early can create better shooting opportunities for
teammates.
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Decision position of GK and distance dictates type of shot - Be confident!
shoot early if its on? Pass if other player is in a better position to score. Key
coaching point coach attacking team to look at position of keeper if keeper is
on one side of the goal then obviously aim for opposite corner. If off his line then
encourage players to attempt to lob the keeper (if in large goals).
Technique make sure you coach different shooting techniques, insie foot, laces,
toe-poke etc
Rebounds - follow in every shot this is a good coaching point as players always
forget to do this.

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Small Sided Game


Defending When Matched Up

Organisation
Mark out an area 30m x 20m. play 4 v 4 on the pitch with 2 floating players on the
side of the pitch. Place 4m goals at either end. Start the game by one of the floaters
passing the ball into the area.
Objective
Team in possession to try and score a goal.
Key Points
Reduce space nearest player to ball applies pressure individual defending
fast approach, slow down on players touch, arms length away. Be patient!
Cover/support from team mates depending on pressure on the ball
angle/distance look at shape of players covering the player closest to the ball.
Are they in good supporting positions??
If ball is switched coach the team to slide across together as a unit. Work-rate
close down the space individually and as a team.
Recovery pressure from front to win the ball or recover behind ball if attacking
team start to counter attack then work hard to get behind the ball and get goalside. Mark space/player when recovering get into a good covering position
behind the payer applying pressure
Squeeze up the field as ball played backwards Key coaching Point players
will forget to do this so it is an easy point to get across. If the attacking team play
the ball backwards then move up and squeeze play. But keep the shape of the
team as you push up
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Communication encourage players to close down opposition. Covering player


show inside show outside.

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Small Sided Game


Defending when Outnumbered

Organisation
Set out an area 50m x 30m. Set out 2 goals with GKs. Play 4 v 4 with 1 floating
player who plays for the team in possession. Play offsides.
Objective
Attacking team to get a shot on goal or score. If defenders win the ball they can
counter attack to score.
Key Points
Win the ball or intercept Be patient! Intercept passes from opposition. Force play
into their half and force maistakes.
Deny space nearer to goal more pressure if opposition get close to defending
teams goal then get really tight BUT DONT DIVE IN and allow opposite player to
beat you in a 1 v. 1 situation.
Delay drop and encourage recovery runs if opposition have good possession
then drop and allow them top play in front of you. Dont let them get in behind. If
they do get in behind then encourage players to get back and get goal-side.
Deflect dictate to attackers which passes they make
Defend when to press the ball despite being outnumbered eg within shooting
distance pressing the ball in the defending 1/3 is essential to stop shots/scoring
opportunities. Be careful not to get caught out by being outnumbered.

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Attacking Heading

Organisation
Mark out an area 30m x 20m. Play 4 v 4 in the area, with four servers numbered 1
4 to serve footballs 2 GKs in full size goals. Two attackers attack the goal and one
player from the other area joins in to make it 3 v 2. Server serves the ball to the
player with the best chance of scoring a goal. As soon as ball attack is over the ball
is served into the other half. Encourage a recovery run from defender and a late run
from the 3rd attacker.
Key Points
Movement timing and angle
Attack the ball
Contact of head with ball
Head down
Accuracy
Rebounds

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Defensive Heading

Organisation
Mark out an area 35m x 25m. Two full size goals with GKs. Play 4 v 4 in the area.
Six servers around the pitch numbered 1 6. Servers can move to provide different
angles for crosses.
Coach dictates which server to serve cross and to which area cross is to be
delivered.
Objective
Attackers try to score goals
Key Points
Communication
Work as pair
Start position in relation to ball
In line/attack the ball
Decision power, cushion, flick, header
Technique
Squeeze up

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Goalkeeping

Organisation
Mark out a pitch 40m x 20m with halfway line 2 goals 4yds apart plus 2 GKs. Play 4
v 4 with 2 floating players for the team in possession. Floating players cannot shoot.
Attacking team can shoot from anywhere. Because the goals are small, this will
result in a lot of shots being directly at the GK, which will encourage basic skills of
GK.
Key Points
Get into line/down the line of the ball
Set position
Decision
Technique
Make safe

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