passing and receiving
my thanks to the excellent
Soccer-Coach-L for this lesson plan
U-10/U-12 team of 14 players, 90 Minutes Total
Equipment: 7 red and
7 yellow bibs; 16 cones; 1 ball per player; 1/2 normal size football
Coach arrives at
least 15 min. early and lays out two lines of cones 5 yards apart, 8 cones
per line, with 5 yards between lines yielding 7 5*5 grids.
Warm-up. Each player with a ball in 1/2 of the penalty area. Dribble with
both feet, go at angles, change direction, moving slowly for 2-3 minutes.
Stretch. 1/2 of players put their balls outside of area and spread out
around area with feet spread apart. Remaining players dribble ball around
area and, on command "start", begin to score points by passing ball
between legs of stationary players. Can score on each stationary player
once before moving on to next. Emphasize head up, avoid traffic and
congested "goals", proper pace of pass so that it a) gets through but b)
doesn't end up in the next county. Time for 1 minute and switch roles.
Stretch. Now players with ball must dribble around area and on command
"start" make eye contact with a stationary player, call their name, pass
ball to them, and move to get a return pass. Time for 1 minute, score a
point for each pass completed, switch and repeat. Emphasize head up,
communication before pass, proper pace on pass.
Players in pairs with one ball per pair, one pair in each 5*5 yd. grid.
Coach demonstrates Inside of Foot pass. Players pass inside their own grid
for 5 min. Emphasize toe up, heel down, ankle locked, turn foot out
sideways; plant foot faces direction pass is to go; kicking leg bent
slightly. Hit through the ball slightly above center, contacting the ball
with inside of foot between ball of foot and heel.
After 5 min.,
coach demonstrates simple foot reception and players both pass and receive
for 5 min. additional. Emphasize on reception don't stop ball, just
cushion it and push it out to the side a bit; use same part of foot used
for passing, step into ball for next pass.
After about 10
minutes, have players keep kicking foot raised for a few moments after
kick. If they've done it correctly, they'll be facing receiver and easily
balanced on one foot...
Look to correct: for
pass: Leg playing the ball stiff/straight; plant leg too far away from
ball; kicking too hard/soft; hitting ball too low (goes up in air) or too
Look to correct: for
reception: Ball stopped dead instead of cushioned and pushed out; ball
pushed out too far/close; receiving surface "hard" rather than "soft";
receiving with wrong part of foot.
[Note: There those
who shudder at the thought of mixing two concepts, e.g. passing and
receiving, in the same exercise and they are certainly welcome to their
opinion. It is the writer's opinion, however, that in the case of passing
exercises, proper reception makes the ensuing pass easier in that the
player is stepping into a slowly moving ball.]
of three (grab an assistant coach, parent, sibling, etc. or put 4 in a
group and add another cone to that area), each group with a ball, 1st
group standing on 3 of cones in first grid, next group on second group of
4 cones, etc. Player with ball starts with pass to either of other two
players and runs to empty cone. Receiver repeats. Move from unlimited
touch to two-touch to one-touch over course of season. Emphasize and
correct same points as in prior section. After they get the idea, time and
see how many completed passes in 1 minute.
Drink break and socializing. (All players dribble their ball to you before
heading off). Coach re-sets cones to mark off two 20*25 yd fields with 4
yd. cone goals at the diagonal ends of the long sides of the rectangle.
25 min.-- 5v2
progression as follows. Technical points for all same as in first section.
Emphasize also how much easier the game is for the attackers if they keep
the space big, use the whole field, move after passing, & play away from
pressure. (This can START off as 6v1 and move to 5v2 as players become
5 players pass the
ball around. Defenders simply give ball back if they intercept or kick
out of area. No points scored. Change roles frequently.
Repeat 1 but every
5 consecutive passes is a goal (recruit assistant, parent, sibling, etc.
to count passes). If defenders win, they score by dribbling to any side
of the rectangle and stop it by stepping on it. Any ball going out of
bounds, whether kicked or dribbled, goes back to attackers. Keep score
out loud. Stop in few minutes and switch roles.
Same but defenders
can score by inside foot pass through either of small goals.
Drink and socializing. Coach re-sets field to 35*50, 5-6 yard goals.
Scrimmage. Coach observes ONLY.
players pick up all equipment, shag balls, get reminded where and when
next practice/game is, etc.
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individuals intended to provide basic information for the benefit of
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