soccer coaching game for ball control
|Objective: This game, called
Blob Tag, encourages young football players to dribble the ball with their heads up and
keep good, close control of the ball.
Age group: U5s to U10s.
Set-up: Create a 30-yard square playing area. All players except three have a ball.
How to play: All the players are inside the square. The three without a ball form a "blob" by holding hands.
The blob moves freely in the grid and tries to kick any player's ball out of the area.
If a player's ball leaves the grid (either by being kicked out by the blob or because the player loses control of it) he/she joins the blob.
The last player dribbling is the winner.
Tip: Long chains are difficult for the players to control so when the blob gets to six players in length, break it into two "mini blobs".
"Stay away from the blob" - that's the purpose of the game.
"Don't get trapped" - move into space away from the blob.
"Keep control of the ball" - don't kick it too far away.
"Work together" - the blob must work as a team. Players have to stay together when kicking balls out of the grid.
Progression: Change the size of the square to make it easier for dribblers (a bigger area) or harder (a smaller square).
Break blobs into two players each (harder for dribblers).
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