Improve your players’ footwork as they run forward, so they beat opposition players, or at least create a chance for a good offload in contact. This is a simple session to set up and can be adjusted easily to suit the stages of your players’ development. MORE
U11 & U12 ABC: Agility before contact
Help your players manage the ball in contact and win the collision.
1 Set out a 3m square area. Put an attacker and defender facing each other on opposite sides of the area and a feeder on one side of the area.
2 When you say “go”, the feeder passes the ball to the attacker who attempts to get to the opposite side of the area. If he is tackled, he must present the ball properly.
3 Move the game on by having the attacker facing away from the defender before turning to receive the ball. This means he will have to react quicker to avoid the defender
4. Finally, move to the 5m x 3m area and put two attackers against two defenders with a feeder at the side.
5 When you say “go”, the feeder can pass to either of the attackers. The attacker then tries to get to the far end. He can pass, offload or be driven forward by his team mate.