Objective: To practise dribbling and passing skills.
Age group: U5s to U9s.
Number of players: Whole team, divided into three teams.
Equipment: Several balls (eight for every 12 players), some flat cones.
Set-up: Mark out a 30×8 yard channel with flat cones.
Team 1 and 2 stand opposite each other on either side of the channel. Team 3 (the red team in the image below) wait at one end of the channel. Players in team 1 and team 3 have a ball each.
How to play: You demonstrate how the side-foot pass works.
How to teach the side-foot pass
The players in teams 1 and 2 begin the game by passing to each other across the channel, using the insides of both feet.
After a few seconds, the first player in team 3 sets off. He has to dribble his ball to the other end of the channel without being hit by one of the passes being made between the players in teams 1 and 2.
Players who manage to get to the far end of the channel without being hit by a ball, score one point for their team.
Once all the players in team 3 have run the gauntlet, change the teams around.
When all the teams have had a go, the team with the most points wins.
Progression: Restrict the players in teams 1 and 2 to two-touch.
Tip: If the players in team 3 are getting hit too often, widen the channel. If they are getting to other end too easily, make the channel narrower.