The Skill Acquisition Phase

Skill Introduction: 1 v 1 Session 3


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Positioned inside a large grid of approximately 40m x 40m are a number of 5m x 5m x 5m triangular grids. The players are split into 2 groups (orange and yellow) of equal numbers, orange with ball and yellow without.

The number of triangular grids equals the number of players per group.

Of the group without the ball, each player must stand inside a triangular grid
(see diagram).

The orange players dribble around the area and ‘attack’ the triangles from any possible side. Only one player can attack a triangle at the same time (awareness; communication).

The yellow players have to ‘defend’ the borders of their triangles (passively at the beginning).

Change roles of groups regularly.


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Player Actions/Tasks to encourage

“Make feints” (free choice or prescribed)
“Now only use your weaker foot”
“Now increase the tempo but avoid collisions” (“heads up”)
“Defenders, gradually raise the resistance”
“Defenders now full resistance, try to stop the attackers entering your grid”

Concluding Game

Each player individually counts the number of times they are able to beat
a defender and dribble through their triangle.
“You have 2 minutes”
“What is the group’s total?”
“OK, now change roles and see if your group can beat that number”