This isn’t a staged drill this is simply used for a bit of fun…
Split the group of players into two groups.
Set the first group into a circle, they are challenged to complete as many of the set task without the ball touching the ground.
(header, knee, thigh volley) Keep note on how many are completed.
The second group of players job is to better that score.
Progressions – Add more challenging technique based touches.
4 players, 4 markers.
Lay out a square, each marker about 10 yards apart. 3 (red) players on 3 of the the markers to form an L shape. The 4th player in the middle of the square.
The 3 players pass it between themselves, passing to the left the remaining player must move to the other marker thus maintaining the L shape. The 3 players jobs are to work together to maintain the L shape, in order to make sure the player in possession always have the option to the left or to the right. The fourth players task is to put them under pressure.
- Accuracy of pass
- Triangular shape
- Concentration and Intensity.
- If carried out well enough the player in the middle should have no chance of getting the ball.
Not sure if this is an original or not, but I couldn’t sleep one night and I came up with the below. As it turns out there is a similar routine included in the Coerver Diploma.
Split your group of players into 2 teams, team A and B. Team A starts with a pool of 5 balls, their job is to keep possession as long as possible. Lose possession and they move onto the next ball until the team run out. The whole thing is timed, and at the end the time recorded is used as a benchmark against Team B.
The two groups swap roles once recovery is completed and the process starts again.
- Movement of players to create space
- Ball retention
One of the most important aspects of the match day is the warm up, ideally the routine should be uniform and regular each fixture, this ensures that each player knows the process and can focus on the muscle warming and preparation.
Reduce the time spent on warming up on a summer day, as the warmth will help the process. Spend more time on it on a cold day. Another aspect is to blend muscle stretching and football together, ensure your players get a good touch of a ball whilst gradually warming up all of the body.
Always remain open minded to the potential versatility of a player, have a look at what the player can and can’t do. Maintaining that state of mind may work to your advantage, what is your problem, what alternative’s do you have at your disposal, think what alternatives do you have and what further alternatives are your afraid to use. Take the risk as there will be the reward. At what point does this disallow you from adding the player to the potential position?