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Set Up

Area is set up with a 40 yard width and 36 yard length, which can vary depending on age and number of players (e.g. 15 players requires 5 x 10 yard areas, so 50 yds).


Central player will run with the ball to end player, lay off, run around player and receive the other side, before performing a dribble and repeating the action; 1 – 2 minutes rotate.

Key Coaching Points

  • Players to perform dribble after few touches with tight control and then explode to get out of their feet when RWTB. (on 3 minutes)
  • How can you ensure you get your head up on each touch? Important during practice. (on 6 minutes)

Progression 1 | 1-2 Combinations

Play a 1-2 with player at end of dribble before player to receive and repeat opposite end. Developing communication and awareness of pass and touch required.

Key Coaching Points

  • How does this influence your thinking as you approach the end player? (on 9 minutes)
  • How can end players help and ensure your movement around them isn’t hindered? (on 12 minutes)

Progression 2 | Takeover

All players now involved in dribbling, RWTB with takeover after each run, adding competition.

Key Coaching Points

  • What type of communication (verbal/non-verbal) is useful here? (on 15 minutes)
  • Which side does your teammate want the ball, can you work his weaker side alternatively? (on 18 minutes)

Progression 3 | Switch After Dribble

End players now switch with each other in next row, encouraging awareness off the ball. Blue 3 moves to outside after passing to Red 7, sets Blue 2 to lay for Blue to restart.

  • Attacking Emphasis 100% 100%
  • Defending Emphasis 0% 0%

Age Group

Number of Players


Key Coaching Points

This develops endurance, whilst also allowing players to improve RWTB and experiment dribbling skills.

Coach must be focused on the capacity of players and alter time that players are working.


How could you improve your Running with the ball individually?

Is this a strength or weakness and how are you going to measure improvements during the season?


Difficulty Rating


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