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Progression: Increase speed. Increase distance Key points: Players must think ahead of the play and make good decisions.

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Players must maintain proper form under pressure. Relay Divide team into four lines two lines facing the other two lines five yards apart, each pair with a ball. Players pass the ball to the head of the opposite line then run to the back of their own line.

Pass with the non-dominant foot. Increase distance. Decrease number of touches Key points: Proper technique under pressure speed. Adequate power and accuracy with movement Variation: After playing the ball, have players run to the back of the opposite line. Introduce competition, by another player in the opposite direction Maintain balance, move the ball in all directions. Philosophy: In order to progress a player needs to challenge their current skill level.

You can add difficulty by increasing speed, decreasing space, and adding additional players, balls or goals. Never let a drill become stale or easy because you will loose interest and intensity and the opportunity for learning. Square drill Three players on outside the corners of a 5 yard square with one ball. The object is to pass to a player when you have the ball and move to space without the ball so that you can receive the ball. Progressions: Increase speed. One touch passes Key points: Players need to make correct decisions about who is in position to receive the ball and where to find open space to receive the ball themselves.

Rat in the hole One player on each side of the square with one ball, with a rat in the middle. Players pass the ball to each other, through the square. A point is scored every time a ball is played to the perpendicular line a through ball. The Rat may not leave the box and attempts to intercept the ball while in the box. If the rat gets the ball he goes outside the box and the player making the poor pass becomes the new rat.

Progressions: Larger square. Limit player touches on the ball. Add another rat. Key points: Players need to move toward the player with the ball to cut-down the length of the pass and the subsequent time it is available to the rat. Defender needs to anticipate and cut-down the angles. All players inside the square with a ball except the pirate, who tries to gain win and maintain possession of a ball.

All players must remain in the square.

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Once a ball is won the player so disposed becomes the new pirate. Progressions: Smaller box. Add a second pirate. Let everyone have a ball and have them kick-out other players while keeping their ball under control. Key points: Players need to change speeds and direction to avoid the pirate. Players also need to quickly transition between offense and defense. Keep-away Players divided into two teams with contrasting colors. Players and ball to remain in the square. Add an additional ball. Reduce the number of touches allowed prior to a pass.

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Add a third color. Add a safe player who is offense to whichever team has the ball. Key points: Players need to be aware of open space and aware of teammate skills. Players need to play with heads up so they can see the field. Keep-away is a classic small-sided game that can be used to teach both technical and tactical skills. It also works to improve physical conditioning and is a test of competitiveness and tenacity. Progression: Add another defender. Limit offensive touches prior to pass Key Points: Receiving player must move behind the defender in order to force him to look and move away from the ball.

This creates a passing lane, or frees the dribbler for an open shot on goal. Philosophy: If Heavenly Father would show us our score card of life in the clouds each day, we would all improve our score. Scoring is what the game is all about it gives us pleasure and success. It is a measure of our accomplishments. So encourage risk taking and individual skills in order to score. Give and Go then Show! Players divide into two lines right and left of field center.

Player plays the ball to a teammate then makes a run to open space. Ball is delivered and a one-touch shot is taken. Progressions: Shooter to vary the run. Key points: Proper technique look to the goal, plant foot facing the goal, strike the ball with authority.

Warm-up Players line-up outside each goal cone with a ball.


Players take turns making a run to the top of the key, turn toward the goal, call for the ball to be delivered, receive the ball and shoot with a maximum of two touches. Player then moves to the end of the opposite line.

Progressions: One touch shot Key points: Proper technique. Shots from Set Plays Corner Pass to player moving from behind the defense, looking for a deflection goal. Progressions: Add defenders. Add secondary offensive targets. Key Points: Receiver must move to an open space and shoot on first touch. Making the Kick from the Line The team may get a penalty kick, or an overtime opportunity. Like a free throw these are shot without defensive and should be made.

But need to be practiced. Progressions: None, just practice Key Points: Add clamor and crowd noise.

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Add reward. Get the Garbage Player shoots from inside halfway line. Have a keeper without using hands deflect the ball to charging offensive players. Progressions: Harder shots. Closer shots. Limit time to score. Key Points: Players must be aggressive in chasing the loose ball. Players must be creative in their shots.

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So, be Creative Enjoy Competition brings out the fun in sports. Playing is fun. Doing is fun. Involvement is fun. Competition is fun. Balance is the key! Toes down hard!

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Body over the ball! Non-kick foot next to the ball Fun! But hard to control Light touch can move the ball in any direction, Good trap, but stops momentum. Be creative in your practices and encourage players to be creative in their play. Key points: Proper technique Bowling: Work in pairs.


Players must maintain proper form under pressure Relay Divide team into four lines two lines facing the other two lines five yards apart, each pair with a ball.