Really simple idea, sometimes you will see kids or adults time wasting pre-session, common occurrence and to be fair understandable.
Decent attention spans are no where to be seen, so a recommendation would be simply to implement a rule, do what you want pre-session whether it be chat or whatever, as long as you have a football at your feet.
Purely my own invention, using short sharp burst concept along with a game related scenario. Create a a big square, maybe 10 steps short of touchline to touchline. Divide players up into groups of 3, one of the three going to one corner and the other two in the group of three going to the opposite corner. One player from the group of two sets off flat out until arriving at the player standing whilst following the square shape, stops then the players standing follows suit and gets back to the starting point.
Then the exercise starts again. Repeat and continue and you will have a nice flow of sprinting. Its of course your decision as to how long you wish to spend on this exercise, again remember the philosophy of short and sharp though. The shorter and more intense it is, the better result you will get.
Corner taking is an important aspect of football, ideas on how to mix it up a little is always ideal. Have a player work with your regular corner taker to come short with a decoy run. This drags a opposition player out of the game, provides a potential advantage.
The story of the secret footballer is a recommendation for any footballing freak, one of the extracts which I shall adapt to suit a coach.
It was in reference on how at the time of writing England national team were so behind the times, stats from the England vs Italy game showed that highest number of passes completed was Joe hart at 48 against Pirlo’s 112.
There are four reason’s why possession in so important.