The Skill Acquisition Phase

Skill Introduction: Running with the Ball Session 1


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All players running with a ball freely in a grid of approximately 30m x 30m
to warm up.

First 2-3 minutes: “low speed/intensity”, “use both feet”.
Next 2-3 minutes: “accelerate when you see a free space in front of you; now only use your right/left foot”.

Now split the players into 4 groups and number them 1 to 4 placing them on all 4 sides. When the coach calls a number, these players run with the ball as quickly as they can across the area and back (opposite group will need to move back to give the others room to turn!).

Now 2 groups at the same time: “take care; vision; if necessary slow down and then accelerate again”.

Look out for collisions!

Concluding Game

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Relay. Grid: 30m x 20m; 4 small goals and a 5m-7m shooting line at each end.
Two equal teams (orange and yellow) positioned as shown in a 30m x 20m grid; each player with a ball;

On the coach’s signal the first player from each team start running with the ball to the opposite goal. When they enter the shooting zone they pass/shoot the ball into the empty goal. As soon as the ball passes the goal line the next player can start running with the ball in the opposite direction.

If the ball DOES NOT go into the goal the player who took the shot MUST go and touch the player waiting to run with the ball before they can start.

Which team can complete one full sequence first?


Use right foot only

Use left foot only

Each player runs twice (first time right foot, second time with left)