Here are my nine skills and technique tips that I used with Leicester Academy players to improve their kicking range from hand. MORE
Catching the high ball
U11–U12 | KICKING 2
Get your players used to getting into the “T” shape and making a cradle when catching a high ball
- Divide players into groups of three and give each group a ball. Tell each group to get into a 15m triangle and kick the ball high to each other in rotation.
- Once players are comfortable kicking and catching, extend the distance and height of kick to 25m: One player kicks, one chases and one receives. The chaser causes a distraction but no contact is to be made.
- Finally play 2v2, expand the distance for the aerial kick with kickers on the halfway line and receivers behind the 22m line. The receiver is defined by where the kick is directed to and the chaser is encouraged to challenge for the ball. The two receivers must communicate who is challenging to receive and who is supporting.
You will need
- Play from halfway line to 22m
- 1 ball per group of three
Got more players?
Add as many groups of three as space will allow.
What to tell your players
“Make your arms like a cradle to gather the ball”
“Get your body into a “T” shape so that the ball spills backwards, not forwards”