The Game Training Phase

Warm-up: Passing Exercise (MP 1)

Warm-up

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Players in game positions as shown

At least 2 players in positions #3/#4, #10 and #9

#6 checks off and asks for the ball; #3 passes to #6 and coaches “turn” (1)

#6 receives & turns (2) and passes to #9 (3)

#9 bounces the ball to supporting #10 (4)

#10 turns away (5) and dribbles to the starting position of #3 (6)

All players move to the next position (“follow your ball”)

Now the same via the left side starting with #4 passing to #8

Variation 1

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#8 checks off and asks for the ball; #4 passes to #8 and coaches “man on” (1)

#8 bounces the ball back to #4 (2)

#4 passes to #9 (3) who bounces to the supporting #10 (4)

#10 receives and turns (5) and dribbles to the starting position of #3 (6)

Player rotations are as follows: #4 then goes to where #8 was, #8 goes to #9, #9 to #10, and #10 ends up at the beginning where the sequence was started

Coaching points

Pass precision and pass direction (to proper foot; proper ball speed)

Tuning of actions

Anticipation & movement without ball

Verbal and non-verbal communication

Variation 2

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Choice of two options  for #6 and #8 depending on whether number 3
and 4 say “turn” or “man on”

Early cue from #3 and #4 is now essential

Coaching points

Pass precision and pass direction (to proper foot; proper ball speed)

Tuning of actions

Anticipation & movement without ball

Verbal and non-verbal communication

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