Coaching Day 16: 1v1s
September 12, 2011 Leave a comment
We returned to training last week with our players a year older, the coaches a year wiser and both appeared energised from a summer break. We have a fixture list this season as we’re now at the under 8 age-group and I had thought that might mean we’d have a squad of 14-16 players but we actually ended up with our usual 20-21 players.
As mentioned in a previous blog I’m planning to do a lot more 1v1, 2v2 and ball mastery this season having had last year to get used to the players, settle as a coach and learn a bit more about coaching this age group. I therefore used this as the basis for the session last Wednesday and our session ran like this:
- The players lined up along the side of our mini-soccer pitch with a ball each
- They dribble across the pitch with no conditions
- They they dribble across the pitch under the following conditions:
- Right foot only
- Left foot only
- Both feet (e.g. dribbling by moving the ball from left foot to right foot and back to left foot)
- We then introduce a defender and the players dribble across the pitch, trying to avoid the defender. If the defender makes a tackle the tackled player becomes a defender. This continues until only 1 player is left and we repeat 2-3 times.
- I had a mini-goal set up with 1 player in goal
- I had 7 outfield players who I rotated between being either a defender or attacker
- Coaching points:
- Encouraged the defending player to make sure they played a good pass to the striker
- Encouraged the attacker to take the defender on
- Encouraged the defender to keep their eye on the ball (otherwise they have a tendency to hack at U8!)
The game worked well. I took brief time-outs so I could have a quick chat with the attacking team and got them to think about how they could beat the player and also spoke to the defending team to emphasise the importance of a good pass and to get them ensuring they watched the ball.