snatch the ball

Objective: To improve your young players' ball control skills, tackling and passing.

Age group: U7s upwards.

Number of players: If you have more than ten players, create two playing areas and run two games playing alongside each other.

Set up: Create two 20x20 yard playing areas with a 5-yard gap between them. Divide your players into two teams, one per playing area. Each player has a number. One ball per team.

How to play: Each team dribbles and passes the ball in their playing area.

You shout a number and the corresponding player runs into the other team's square and tries to win the ball.

If they win the ball and kick it out of the square, they get one point for their team. If they can win the ball and take it back into their square, they get three points.

Allow thirty seconds for a snatch to take place.

Progression: Have two balls per team and/or call more than one number.