Skilful footwork can improve acceleration, agility and balance. But get a two-in-one benefit by using footwork ladders to also develop your players’ heads-up decision-making. It’s a simple session to improve agility in decision-making exercises – and very easy to set up and vary. MORE
Piggy in the middle
Pull the core skills together in the last of this series with an age-old game with a twist.
Why use it
This simple game is easy to set up so players can concentrate on the core skills of footwork, offloading and ball placement in a competitive situation.
A 10m square and one ball per seven players.
How to do it
Play five attackers v two piggies. The attackers can run and pass anywhere in the square (see picture 1). Any mistake by an attacker means that player swaps with the nearest “piggy”.
If the piggy slaps down or intercepts the ball, he replaces the last attacker to touch the ball (see picture 2). If the piggy puts two hands on the ball carrier’s body, the ball carrier and tackler have to go to ground.
Then two attackers and one defender compete for the ball on the ground. The direction of the attack is the way the attacker who is touched is running (see picture 3).
Develop by moving to full contact.
- Don’t offload the ball if it is not on – go to ground.
- Use the fend to create space to offload (even in touch).
- Keep the ball free – shift it from hand to hand