Recreational. Coaching Guide U11 & U12

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2 WEEK 1 Ball Mastery and Dribbling Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Ball familiarity. Turns, tricks and touches Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Skills Square (Ballnastics) (10 minutes) Players move around the area keeping the ball close. The coach teaches them various turns and fakes i.e. pull back, Scissors, inside hook etc. Ensure that each player has many chances to repeat the skills. Coaches can also add in movements such as toe taps, big toe little toe etc. Part 3 Team Beat the Cone (10 minutes) In a relay race format two teams race against each other, each player must perform the task twice for their team to be done. The player approaches the cone, performs a fake or turn and then continues their run. Change the turn or fake each race Part 4 - Dribble Around the World (10 minutes) Players enter the area through a gate; they must dribble into the centre square and perform a set skill then exit through another gate. How many times can they do this in one minute? Change the skill in the middle each minute and keep adding up the points. Part 5 Four Goal Game (10 minutes) Players play 1v1, on the coaches command the first players race around a top cone and whoever gets into the middle of the field first gets the ball. They can score by dribbling the ball through any of the four goals. If the ball goes off the field that game is over and the next two go 2

3 WEEK 1 Ball Mastery and Dribbling Skills Square (Ballnastics) Team Beat the Cone Dribble around The world Gates 5 yards wide Four Goal Game Gates 5 yards wide 3

4 WEEK 2 Ball Mastery and Dribbling Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Ball familiarity. Turns, tricks and touches Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Skills Square/ Ballnastics (10 minutes) The same warm up as last week. Test the player s knowledge by seeing which fakes, turns and skills they can remember. Add in any fakes and turns you did not have time to teach them last week and correct any players who are performing them incorrectly. Part 3 Skills square with defenders (10 minutes) Put all the players in pairs, this is their defending team. Each of the pairs have one minute to steal as many soccer balls as possible, once they get a ball they pass it to the coach (give it back to the player who lost it). If the attackers perform a set skill when the defender presses them the defender cannot take their ball. Change the skill each time. Part 4 In and Out (10 minutes) Split players into groups of three, these are their defending teams. Attacking players must enter through a gate and leave through another without losing the ball. Defenders try to steal the ball and pass it to the coach (give it back to the player who lost it), Defenders can only steal the ball when the attackers are inside the area. Switch defenders 2 minutes Part 5 Four Goal Game (10 minutes) Players play 1v1. On the coaches command the first players race around a top cone to enter the field. Whichever player gets onto the field first gets the ball. They can score by dribbling the ball through one of the oppositions goals. If the ball goes off the field that game is over and the next two go 4

5 WEEK 2 Ball Mastery and Dribbling Skills Square (Ballnastics) Skills Square with Defenders In and Out Four Goal Game Gates 5 yard wide 5

6 WEEK 3 Ball Mastery and Dribbling Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Ball familiarity, Shielding, Turns, tricks and touches Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 1v1 steal the pinnie (10 Minutes) Players face of 1v1. They tuck a pinnie into the side of their shorts and the aim of the game is to steal the other players pinnie before they steal yours. Each time they manage to steal a pinnie they get a point. Switch partners after every go. Part 3 Deal with it (10 minutes) Split the group into number 1 s and 2 s. 1 s are in the area with a ball 2 s are outside the area without a ball. When the coach says go the players on the outside enter the area and try to steal a ball, those on the inside try to keep it. After 30 seconds stop the game, whoever has a ball gets a point. Repeat this and whoever has the most points at the end wins Part 4 Get to the cone (10 minutes) Put players in pairs and give them a disc cone. The aim of the game is to get to the cone, one attacks and one defends. If the defender wins the ball they become the attacker straight away and vice versa. To get a point the ball must be dribbled into the cone. First one to two points wins. When a player gets to two points switch everyone s partners. Part 5 1v1 with two goals (10 minutes) On the coaches command players race around the top cone and enter the field, the first person to get onto the field gets the ball. To get a goal the player must beat the other player and dribble through their goal. If the ball goes out of the field the game is over and the next two go. 6

7 WEEK 3 Ball Mastery and Dribbling 1v1 steal the pinnie Deal with it Get to the cone 1v2 with two goals Gates 5 yards wide 7

8 WEEK 4 Ball Mastery and Dribbling Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Decisions of when to pass and when to dribble and shooting with the laces Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 - Juggle Challenge (10 minutes) Ten minutes on juggling. Whoever can get the highest amount of consecutive juggles wins. Extra points can be given for combinations i.e. Thigh foot or Head Thigh etc. Part 3 Pass or dribble? (10 minutes) Put players in pairs and in a rotation circuit they go 2v1 against a defender wit the aim to go past the defender and get through to the other side without losing the ball. Once you are through join the back of the next line and go again. Each time a team successfully gets through they get a point. Rotate the defenders every two minutes Part 4 Pass or dribble.finish! (10 minutes) The same as the game before except at the end of the there is now a goal with a goalie. Players get a point if they can beat the defender and two extra points if they can score. Rotate the defenders and goalies every two minutes. Part 5 2v2 with goalies (10 minutes) On the coaches command players race around a top cone and enter the field. Whichever team is on the field first gets the ball. Players play 2v2 against each other with a goalie. If the ball goes off the field that game is over and the next four go. 8

9 WEEK 4 Ball Mastery and Dribbling Juggle Challenge Pass or Dribble Lanes 20x10 Pass or Dribble and FINISH 2v2 with goalies Gates 5 yards 9

10 WEEK 5 Passing and Control Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Using the inside of the foot, communication, good first touch Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Pass and follow (10 minutes) Split the group into two teams. In a relay style race the players pass to their teammate in the opposite line the follow it and join the back. How many passes can they do in one minute? The team with the most passes gets a point. Change the challenge each time i.e. right foot pass, left foot ball, control with the outside and pass, passing across each other etc. Part 3 Pong (10 minutes) Put players into pairs and set up small gates randomly around the area. Players find a gate and stand 3 steps away on each side, they play two touch and the players pass the ball through the gate to each other. After consecutively completing 10 successful passes they both take one big step back. If they miss the gate they reset to 0. Part 4 Many Gates (10 minutes) Using the gates from Pong players the players pass the ball through a gate and then move to the next one. How many gates can they get to in one minute? Change the task by introducing challenges such as only using the left foot, player must do a pull back when they receive the ball etc. Part 5 Keep away Rondo (10 minutes) Players stand in a circle with a defender on the inside, how many good passes can they complete without the defender getting the ball. Every time the defender gets the ball they get a point, change the defender every minute. 10

11 WEEK 5 Passing and Control Pass and Follow Cones yards part Pong Gates 3 feet wide Many Gates Gates 3 feet wide Keep away Rondo 11

12 WEEK 6 Passing and Control Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Passing technique, first touch, choice of pass, communication Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Show us your tricks - (10 minutes) Split the players into two, half with a ball and half without. Players move around the area focusing on spreading out. When a player receives the ball they must do a skill (Fake or turn) and then look for somebody without a ball to pass too. Each time they get a ball can they do a different trick Part 3 One- Two Trick (10 minutes) Players are split into two, half on the outside without a ball and half on the inside with a ball. Players on the inside must do a One Two pass with an outside player, do a skill and then find a different outside player to do a One Two with. Add in competition i.e. who can get to the most people within a minute, how many different tricks can you do etc. Part 4 Team Interception (10 minutes) Put the players into pairs, these will be their defending teams. Each team has a minute to defend and see how many times they can steal the ball. When they steal it they pass to the coach who passes it back to an attacking player. The Defenders cannot tackle they can only intercept a pass. Attackers must pass within 5 seconds of receiving the ball Part 5 Keep Away (10 minutes) 4 v 1 keep away, each player has a minute to be a defender. They get a point every time they can steal the ball. Attackers must pass the ball around and keep it away, a point is given to the attackers for every 5 successful passes 12

13 WEEK 6 Passing and Control Show us your tricks One Two Trick Middle box 8x8 Team Interception 4v1 Keep Away Area 10x10 13

14 WEEK 7 Passing and Control Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Passing and movement, first touch, communication, Check your shoulder, Decisions Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Pass and Check (10 minutes) In a relay style race two teams face each other. The first player dribbles to the middle cone, passes to the opposite line and then checks out of the way so the person they have passed to can do the same. One the whole team has done this three times they are finished. Change the challenge i.e. only left foot, skill and then pass etc. Part 3 Pass and move (10 minutes) Create teams of three. Each team has a ball and they must pass it around between themselves avoiding the other teams. You can add challenges such as can you do an overlap?, can you do a one two? And you do a first touch pass? Part 4 Pass past the coaches (10 minutes) The players stay in teams of three and the coaches are defenders. The coaches try and steal the ball from the teams and keep them, if the coach gets a ball they can pass it between themselves and the team that lost it tries to get it back Part 5 Five v Five keep away (10 minutes) 5v5 keep away For every successful pass the team gets a point. If a team kicks the ball out then the opposition get it. Whoever has the most points when the master coach calls the session to an end wins. 14

15 WEEK 7 Passing and Control Pass and Check Cones 10 yards apart Pass and Move Pass Past the Coaches 5v5 Keep Away 15

16 WEEK 8 Passing and Control Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Weight of pass, type of pass, communication, movement off the ball Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Switchy Changy Game (10 minutes) Players at the front of the line pass to the opposite side and then switch to the back of the line next to them. Increase the challenge by setting goals such as Can you do 20 passes in a minute?, left foot only, different controls, a skill before you pass etc. Part 3 Find the gap (10 minutes) Similar to monkey in the middle, a pair on each side with a defender in the middle. The defender cannot leave their middle section and tries to intercept the ball, every time they get it they get 5 points. The attacking players on the outside can only have the ball for 5 seconds before they have to pass. A point is given for every successful pass Part 4 Team keep away (10 minutes) Split the teams into two and give them each a number between 1 and 5 (on both teams). Players pass the ball around their area, when the coach shouts their number they go into the other teams area and try to steal the ball. Increase the challenge by calling more than one number. Part 5 Four V Four with goalies (10 minutes) A small sided game, 4v4 with goalie. Players can either do 5 passes in a row to get a goal or they can shoot and score. Encourage the best choice, if a player can shoot they should, if there is not opportunity to shoot encourage the players to keep the ball and get a point through passing. 16

17 WEEK 8 Passing and Control Switchy Changy Game Cones 10 yards apart Find the gap Area = two 10x10 boxes divided by a 10x5 zone Team Keep Away Split down the middle 4v4 with goalies Area 30x20 Goals 8 yards wide 17

18 WEEK 9 Finishing Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Correct shooting technique, use the laces, hit the corners Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Technical practice (10 minutes) Put players in pairs, stand them 15 yards apart and they kick the ball back and forth focusing on technique. This is your time to ensure that they are not using their toe etc. and to teach them the correct way to kick. Part 3 Beat the goalie (10 minutes) Put players into groups of three. There is a goalie in the middle and two on the outside, players take it in turn to shoot at the goalie, the first person to score three can decide if they or their partner go in goal. Part 4 Beat the Cone and shoot (10 minutes) The player starts five yards behind the coach, they approach the cone and perform a fake to create space then they shoot the ball to their partner. Add challenge by changing the fake i.e. scissors, shoulder drop Part 5 3v3 four goals (10 minutes) Players play 3v3 with four goals and four goalies. Players can score in any of the goals. When a team gets to 3 change the goalies. Encourage the players to shoot early and hit the corners. If the ball goes out it is a pass in to the other team. 18

19 WEEK 9 Finishing Technical Work Beat the Goalie Area 30x30 Players 15 yards away from the goal Goals 8 yards wide Beat the cone and shoot Area 30x30 Players 15 yards away from the goal Goals 8 yards wide 3v3 with four goals Area 30x30 Goals 8 yards wide 19

20 WEEK 10 Finishing Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Touch out of your feet, use the laces, pick a Corner and hit it! Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Receive and shoot (rotation circuit) (10 minutes) The players set up in a rotation circuit as shown. The coach plays the ball into the first player who then has one touch to control and one touch to shoot. Once they have their shot they get the ball and give it to one of the coaches before joining the back of the next line. Change the goalies every few minutes Part 3 Receive, shoot, defend (10 minutes) One goalie, one defender and an attacking line are set up as shown. The coach plays the ball into the striker who has to create space and shoot. As soon as they have their shot they become a defender and the coach plays another ball into the next person. The last defender joins the back of the attacking line (have two sessions going to reduce wait) Part 4 2v1 receive, shoot and defend (10 minutes) Same principle as before except now there are two attackers and the choice of dribble, pass or shoot comes in. Whichever player DOES NOT shoot becomes the defender. If a player loses the ball or kicks it out then they are the one who becomes the defender. Part 5 Four V Four game with goalies (10 minutes) Small-sided 4 v 4 game with two goals and two goalies. The players can score in either goal. Encourage them to shoot as soon as they get the opportunity and hit the corners. If the ball goes out it is a pass in to the other team. 20

21 WEEK 10 Finishing Receive and Shoot Players shoot 10 yards from the goal Goals 8 yards wide Receive, Shoot, Defend Players shoot yards from the goal Goals 8 yards wide 2v1 receive, shoot and defend Players shoot yards from the goal Goals 8 yards wide 4v4 small sided game Area 30x20 Goals 8 yards wide 21

22 WEEK 11 Finishing Session Time 60 minutes Equipment Disc cones, 1 ball per player, Pinnies, corner flags Focus Part 1 Warm-ups and coaches meeting (10 minutes) Each team will have a coach meet with the Master Coach to discuss the training session plan The other coach will warm-up the players using dynamic stretching such as: light jogging, high knees, kick your behind, open the gate, close the gate, lunges, jogging backwards, karaoke, etc. Part 2 Many Gates in the Air- (10 minutes) Split the players into pairs and place gates randomly around the area. One player serves the ball through the gate in the air and the other controls it. How many gates can the pairs get to in one minute? Change the control type after every round. Whoever has been to the most gates wins? Part 3 Arial control and finish (10 minutes) Split the team in two teams, the teams select a goalie to go against the other team. Set up as shown, the first person in each team runs out and the coach serves them the ball in the air, the player must control it and then take a shot on the opposition keeper. Change the keeper every two minutes and change the control type. The team with the most goals wins Part 4 Half volley shot (10 minutes) Same format as last time except there is no control they must try and hit a half volley. Players come out and the coach serves them the ball, the ball can bounce as many times as they want it too but if it stops bouncing then their shot doesn t count. Change the goalie every two minutes. Part 5 Four v Four (10 minutes) 4 v 4 small sided game. A regular small sided game where the team must score in the opposition goal. If the ball goes out it s a pass in to the other team. 22

23 WEEK 11 Finishing Many gates in the air Gates 3 feet wide Arial control and shoot Players shoot 10 yards from the goal Half volley shot Players shoot 10 yards from the goal Goals 8 yards wide 4v4 small sided game Area 30x20 Goals 8 yards wide 23

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