Don’t teach falling over. Teach the players to bounce themselves and therefore the ball off the ground and back into the game. It reduces the fear of falling by making the players embrace the ground as part of a skill for continuity. MORE
End of the line
Put players under pressure by making them complete a passing circuit in an allotted time. This game also works on accuracy of pass, communication and teamwork against the clock.
A 30x10m channel with cones at close regular intervals along the full length – for example, a cone every metre. One ball between five players who wait outside the area, facing the line of cones (picture 1).
On your call of “Go!”, the player with the ball runs to the first cone and the other four players go to the next four cones. Once every player is in place, the ball carrier passes to the player next to him then runs along the line to the next free cone and waits for the ball to reach him (picture 2).
Each player then repeats this pass and move motion until the ball reaches the end of the line of cones (picture 3). Ensure all players face the same way so you have a correct lateral pass from one cone to the next across the chest. Facing the opposite way on the way back tests their ability to pass left and right under pressure.
Play groups against each other in a race.
The team that reaches the end cone first wins.
“Accurate pass/correct weight.”
“Call clearly for the ball.”
Making young players pass against the clock puts them under enormous pressure and improves skills.