Ball Mastery | Control (BM-06)

Ball Mastery | Control (BM-06)

Ball Mastery | Control (BM-06)

This simple ball mastery practice, number 6 in the series, can be used as an activation exercise or to develop individual ball dribbling skills for younger players. In a 20 by 20 yard area, each player has a ball and must perform different dribbles, with different parts of the foot, using both feet.

  • Attacking Emphasis 85% 85%
  • Defending Emphasis 15% 15%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Progression 1: Player reactions and speed

Progress the practice by adding flat discs or cones, which players must dribble to when the coach signals, observe the speed of player’s reactions.

Progression 2: Response to triggers

Progress further by calling a different number to trigger players into forming groups as quickly as possible.

Key Coaching Points

Technical | Ability to use both feet when dribbling

Technical | Close control with both parts of the feet

Physical | Agility to manoeuvre between players and cones

Q&A
  • How can you ensure you do not clash into other players?
  • Can you use your weaker foot to perform 3 different dribbles?

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Difficulty Rating

Ball Mastery | Passing (BM-05)

Ball Mastery | Passing (BM-05)

Ball Mastery | Passing (BM-05)

Ball Mastery Practice 5 develops short passing with both feet and encourages players to use different parts of each foot to improve their control. Identify player’s willingness to use their stronger and weaker foot, use constraints to develop individuals.

  • Attacking Emphasis 90% 90%
  • Defending Emphasis 10% 10%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points: Receive on the Move

Challenge them to take their first touch towards a cone before dribbling around it to make their return pass.

Progression 1

Once players begin to show improvements in their technique, allow movement between squares after 5 successful passes, improving their awareness of players around them.

Key Coaching Points

Technical | Short passing with both feet (Weight and accuracy)

Technical | Control to move ball from one side to the other (Inside / Outside)

Pysch | Confidence to improve technique steadily

Q&A

What is important for your teammates receiving your pass?

What are the technical aspects of passing that you need to focus on?

How can you ensure rotation between grids is smooth and players move quickly?

Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-04)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-04)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-04)

In this 30 by 30 Yard area, players begin with a ball each positioned in 5, 8 by 8 yard squares. Objective is to dribble from one square to the other, whilst avoiding other players. They must leave their ball in a square and find another ball in a different square to dribble. 

  • Attacking Emphasis 90% 90%
  • Defending Emphasis 10% 10%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points: Receive on the Move

In this 30 by 30 Yard area, players begin with a ball each positioned in 5, 8 by 8 yard squares. Objective is to dribble from one square to the other, whilst avoiding other players. They must leave their ball in a square and find another ball in a different square to dribble.

Progression 1

Progress so players run around 2 cones before performing their dribbling.

Progression 2

Our second progression encourages players to perform different skills in each box before dribbling.

Progression 3

Finally, pair individuals to pass the ball between them from one square to the other.

Key Coaching Points

Technical | Speed and control of dribble

Technical | Use of both feet to move in and away from cones

Physical | Speed after dribble to get away

Q&A
  • Where do you need to slow down and speed up and what is your best technique for this?
  • Can you be creative in your disguise and how?
  • How confident are you in using your weaker foot, where is best for you to use both feet and how?

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Difficulty Rating

Ball Mastery | Body Control  (BM-02)

Ball Mastery | Body Control (BM-02)

Ball Mastery | Body Control (BM-02)

 This Ball Mastery practice develops players control with different parts of the body, with volleys, chest and head being used to control and pass the ball to opponents.

  • Attacking Emphasis 90% 90%
  • Defending Emphasis 10% 10%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Progression: Outside Players Skill

Progress so outside players must perform a skill in between runs.

Progression 1: Single Defender

Introduce a defender to block different gates, encouraging more thoughtful movement.

Progression 2: Rotational Movement

Finally all players can be involved with rotational movement between players inside and out.

Key Coaching Points
  • Technical | Ability to use both feet
  • Technical | Control with feet, chest and head
  • Physical | Agility to change direction
Q&A
  • How can you adjust to bad throws or passes quickly?
  • What type of contact do you need to make, area of the ball?
  • How can you avoid defenders better in this small area to travel through gates?
How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

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 This 4 v 4 Practice + floaters can be worked to on penetration passing and defensive compactness. Decide on your focus, maybe one coach with one group and other with opposition, rotating players throughout.

  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 34% 34%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Point

The box 4 in defending must focus on distances and angles of cover to ensure they are not penetrated by the attacking passing team. They must ensure they are aware of the receiving player behind them and the pattern of play, anticipating where passes are to be played. 

Progression 1

We can now allow a single defender to press, forcing the 3 covering defenders to cover a larger area and for the possession team to move the ball quickly, increasing challenge for both groups in different areas of the practice. 

Key Coaching Points

– Social: Communication between players in defending phase
– Physical: Cover distances quickly
– Psychological: Awareness of players behind to cover passing lines

Q&A
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How does the pressing defender affect the practcie and do we need to adjust session?
  • Who needs challenging more and how can we apply constraints to enhance this challenge?

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