|This warm-up soccer drill and game are designed to
encourage your players to keep the ball on the ground rather than
hoofing it upfield.
apart from the usual cones and bibs
(pennies), you should play the warm-up and the game with a small, low
A futsal will do but a futbol de salao is ideal. If
you can't get hold of either, play with a size two or three ball that
is slightly deflated.
Warm-up: split your squad into groups of four or
five. Put each group in an area that has a number of flat cones spread
randomly in it. There should be more cones than players and the cones
should be about 10ft apart.
Players pass and immediately run to a spare
points: emphasise fast movement, good accuracy and
appropriate pace of pass.
Challenge the groups to continue for three minutes without making an
error or allowing the ball to leave their playing area.
game: play 4v4 on a small pitch with a goal at
each end. Make it a condition that passes have to made with the side of
the foot only and goals only count if the ball crosses the goal line on
play 5v3 in the same area. The five players have to
put together three passes on the ground before they can shoot. The
three players can shoot as soon as they win the ball.
points: emphasise that
shots must be on the ground to count. If a player kicks the ball in the
air, possession is given to the other team.