After a warm-up game with a clear objective, let's more into a short, sharp exercise to energise the players. This gives the players plenty of touches on the ball, and a chance to execute the focused techniques. MORE
Coaching snaps: Skill game
In the third part of a session, after a warm-up game and then a skill drill, introduce a skill game. The game is still focused on the objective.
It gives the players a chance to explore the skill in the context of the game and see why it is relevant.
In this example, I use “flick” touch.
Split into even teams.
When a player is touched, they stop and flick the ball back between their legs. The next player takes the ball early and passes it immediately.
It encourages support and quick movement of the ball.
Run it for three to four minutes.
- What is your clear skill focus?
- Does the game allow the skill focus to make a difference?
- Is the game quick to set up and run?
Here’s how it might connect to a warm-up game and skill drill: