Use this warm-up activity to improve awareness, catching, looking up and speed of thought. MORE
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Use this exercise to work on proper passing technique, while keeping the hips square which engages the defenders.
Before setting up the drill, check the players’ understanding of how to hold the ball. The ball is held at about six o’clock if you imagine the ball is on a clock face, with the elbows out. The fingers are down the ball, aiming for 10 points of contact (don’t let the palm touch the ball).
- Put the players on their knees, one facing up the pitch, and the other down the pitch, about 5m apart. They will be offset, so when they pass, they are passing backwards. Ensure that the inside knee is a little ahead of the outside knee (the knee furthest from the other player).
- Have the players pass the ball between each other.
- Focus on technique, with each player commenting on how they are doing in terms of matching the technique template.
- Keep rotating the position so the players they are passing left-to-right and right-to-left.
Have the players walking in a line, doing the same, focusing heavily on moving forward straight.
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