Here are my nine skills and technique tips that I used with Leicester Academy players to improve their kicking range from hand. MORE
Fielding the high ball
All players may need to catch a high ball – forwards from kick-offs, backs from open play. The principles of “fielding” include being aware of your support players and thinking about what to do next. This session builds on those principles.
- Throw balls between two players who practise calling and catching.
- Split players into two groups of four with one group in each 20m x 15m box. The players have to kick the ball from their area into the opponent’s area.
- If the ball is caught, the fielding team scores a point. If dropped or the ball hits the ground in the area, the kicking team scores a point. The fielding team also scores if the ball lands outside the fielding area.
- Ask that all “fielding” is done by jumping for the ball.
- Tell players to catch the ball above their heads as a soccer goalkeeper would catch a cross.
- The kicking player follows his kick and is allowed to put pressure on the fielder.
- Split your squad into two teams of eight in a 40m square. Use poles 5m apart to mark out two sets of goalposts.
- Players can only run 5m with the ball and can only pass using a kick.
- Defenders try to intercept or gather a loose kick.
- Score by kicking the ball between the two poles at the end of the pitch.
- The game is like Australian Rules football.
- Get under the ball early.
- Turn your body sideways to protect yourself as you catch and prevent knock-ons.
- Move position after the catch.
- Look for space and kick into it.