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Controlling with confidence (05/14)

A practice session for ages U6–U10, focusing on receiving technique

Receivers need to be able to get every ball down to the ground and start dribbling away immediately. In this session we’ll work on receiving and controlling the ball, starting out passing on the ground to keep it simple. The next step is to have players throw the ball to each other. Your job is to make sure the technical quality is always there, no matter what kind of pass is involved.
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Beating the defender in back-to-goal situations (05/14)

A practice session for ages U10–U14, focusing on offensive 1 v. 1 tactics

Forward passes often put the receiver in a 1 v. 1 situation with a defender on his or her back—so attackers have to learn how to shield the ball, get away from defenders and then quickly turn to face downfield. In this session, players are confronted with back-to-goal 1 v. 1s in every activity. And to keep training realistic, every forward pass is combined with a shot on goal.
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When? What? How? Three ??? for the “last practice” (05/14)

What you need to know to prepare your players for game day

“Wow, this session turned out to be brutal!” Or: “Was I a little too easy on them today?” Have you ever had thoughts like these after (or during) your last training session before a match? How do we know how to plan and run the “last practice”? Push your players too hard, whether physically or mentally, and the result could be a game-day disaster. But that can also happen if you don’t push them hard enough! This article will help you walk the fine line between those two extremes.
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Improve your passing, score more goals! (04/14)

A practice session for ages U6–U10, focusing on passing and shooting

This session is designed to help players pass better with the inside of the foot and the instep. After a couple of warmup activities, players start practicing passing and shooting in 2 v. 2 and 3 v. 2 situations. Encourage them to keep constantly trying to move the ball forward, and help the players off the ball find the best ways to get open and show for forward passes.
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Staying one step ahead of the defender (04/14)

A practice session for ages U10–U14, focusing on offensive 1 v. 1 tactics

This session is all about 1 v. 1 attacking—specifically, about teaching the ball carrier to get a head start on the defender and keep it. After all, you have to be able to outdribble your opponents if you want to set up shots! Too many good shooting opportunities are thrown away on sloppy shots, so it’s important for attackers to get to the goal fast and finish with confidence.
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