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
Up, pass and out
Use this activity to get your players organising themselves on the move and give the outside player room to run. It works on footwork, handling and communication.
Often players become bunched as the run onto passes and the first players in a passing chain don’t run straight. This activity forces them to preserve some space for the outside player to run out and away.
- Put three players at one corner of the box and a feeder about 2m from the opposite corner of the box.
- Have the three players run around the corner and then forward.
- When they exit the box, the feeder passes the ball to the first attacker.
- He passes to the next one who passes to the last. The last player runs to the corner of the box.
- If the first two players don’t straighten up (that is run up the pitch and not go diagonally), then the third player won’t be able to exit the narrow box.
- Develop by putting a defender at the other end of the box.
- He runs around into the wider area and puts pressure on the first receiver.
- Also change the direction the players run into the box.
- Turn hard on the outside foot to straighten up.
- Aim the hips down the pitch.
- Reach towards the ball to receive the pass.
- The last player only runs out and away with the pass.