Young players tend to crowd around the ball, but this honeypot effect can mean your team doesn’t exploit space elsewhere. Embrace their enthusiasm and still develop some shape to your attack. MORE
Free the bees
Use this invasion game to improve defence, attacking running and some passing too.
- Put three bees in each hive
- Put two beekeepers 3m in front of the attackers
- One attacker comes forward to release the bees
- If the attacker makes it to a hive without being tagged, all the bees are released
- If the bees are released, the beekeepers try to tag them. If tagged they return to their hive again
- If the attacker is tagged, they try to pass to one of the bees. If a bee catches it, they return to the start to become an attacker
- Once the first attacker has tried, then release the next attacker
Cones, balls, tags.
HOW TO DO IT
- Put two or three players inside two small circles (bees in the beehive).
- Have two attackers with a ball each set up about 7m away, and two defenders (beekeepers) in between the attackers and the hives.
- Release one of the attackers, who aims to run to one of the hives. If they get inside the hive, it releases the bees.
- If they are tagged before the hive, they can pass the ball into the hive. If a player in the hive catches the ball, they can go back to the start. The tagged player goes into the hive.
- If the bees are released, then the beekeepers try to catch the bees before they can get back to 2m before where the attacker started.
- Any captured bees go back to their hive. The attacker who release them goes back to the start and swaps the ball with any safe bees.
- Once one attacker has tried, release the next attacker.
- Go until all the bees are free or there are no attackers left.