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Small Ball Games – Developing Soccer Skills

Small Ball: Skills Development ~ Windows

Executing the fundamentals of passing & receiving under control with an idea of the next move is critical to a successful passing game.  Emphasizing good passing & receiving discipline in practice will help players develop and compete at higher levels.

Developing the passing game in increments is the best way to create solid fundamentals. Emphasize good technique, well placed and well paced passes that lead a player away from pressure or into an opportune space that enable a good trap under pressure or on the run.

Below is an exercise that gives players an opportunity to execute the necessary skills in traffic with no pressure. We like to offer players the opportunity large quantities of quality touches in our sessions.

 

Set up: Build a grid large enough to accommodate the players involved.  For 16 players  we like 30 yrd x 30 yrd grid.

Using cones create windows 8 – 10 yards wide along each sideline to accommodate half the players. 16/2 = 8 windows, so 2 windows on each sideline. Half the players are stationed in the windows, the other half  work inside the grid.  Each player inside the grid needs a ball.

 

Phase 1: Players inside the grid pass their ball to a player in a window and follow their pass to receive the ball back from the player/window they passed it to , trap – turn and find a new window. Players must make sure not to pass to a window that already has or is receiving a ball, this is equal to making a pass to a player that is marked = turnover. If the window the player chooses is engaged, simply look for another window.  Maybe execute a move to buy time or change direction… pass, follow, receive repeat..

Rotate players from grid to windows every 3 to 4 minutes to keep work rate high. Emphasize crisp technically sound passes, tight traps, fluid and tight turns with the ball and most of all good communication. Passers will need to call names of window players as windows will be scanning the grid for balls coming their way.   

Penalty options; if a ball leaves the grid due to an errant pass or a missed trap then player(s) involved does push ups.

The beauty of this drill is that the players will begin to see alleys to pass through, channels opening and closing etc. The confluence of players moving through the grid doing their own thing adds a complication to the drill that players will have to decipher in order to complete their passes.

Small Ball Training: Accelerating skill development

The Brasilian Futebol offers 2 sizes, the Futebol (#10) and the Bambino (#8). The Futebol is a bit smaller than a size 3 soccerball, 6 inches in diameter, but is well weighted to better approximate the touch and feel of a reg 5 soccer ball. The Bambino is smaller than the Futebol, 5 inches in diameter or about the size of a softball or grapefruit, and has a nice weight to it as well. Both have a lively bounce to them which requires players to develop a soft touch while focusing on and having to deal with a smaller ball.

We like starting with the Futebol for a warm-up, spending 10-20 minutes juggling individually or in small groups or 2 or 3. Then switch to the Bambino for 10 or 15 minutes. While the Bambino is only an inch smaller in diameter there is a world of difference. The challenge to track, control and manipulate this ball effectively refines focus, touch and coordination. After playing with the Bambino for a while all of the sudden the Futebol seems easy. We sometimes throw in the mini, which is about the size of a handball, and work our way down the ladder and back up. Once you have become comfortable and adept at playing with these smaller balls the Reg 5 game ball seems easy.

Try incorporating the Futebol into practice sessions. Great for technical training, small games (3 v3, 4 v4, 5 v5), juggling etc..

It’s All about Skill!

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Training Solo:

Training Solo: earlier in the week we introduced marbles, see below. Yesterday we expanded to chipping and dribbling. Today is about driving a ball. We encouarge you to google some videos to see proper technique and mechanics.

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There is not always someone to train with and there is not always a team training or a game. This does not mean you can’t train. In fact training solo offers the opportunity for more touches, uninterrupted focus and serious fitness while you compete against yourself.

Three quick ideas:

1) Marbles. This requires two soccer balls. Ideally this is played on a large field; a soccer pitch or a baseball outfield. Assign one ball to the left foot, the other to the right foot. Push one ball 20 yards and try to hit it with the other ball. Jog or run to the first ball and strike/pass it to try to hit the second ball. Play games to 10, left foot vs right foot. Hit the balls with pace so if they miss they travel a good 10 to 20 yards past the target ball. Turn this into a workout by only allowing points scored by hitting a moving ball. This means you will be sprinting from ball to ball in an effort to reach the cue ball before the target ball stops. Work on striking balls with inside of the foot, laces and outside of the foot. Work on bending balls – both inside and outside of the foot, driven balls, chips and good clean grasscutters.

Always use proper technique to achieve a high level of accuracy.

Great workout. Lots of touches. Works on passing skills that will help you play to feet, lead players into space and on proper pace and weight of passes.

2) Chipping. Try this: find or buy a garbage can (a clean one preferably for obvious reasons) and place it in the middle of the field. Try to chip the ball into the can from 10, 20, 30, 40 50 yards. Work on perfect form and technique. Try to develop perfect backspin on the ball as well so the ball drops nicely and does not roll far from target. Work on exaggerated height and exaggerated backspin, this will improve your mechanics and technique.

The more balls you have to work with the better as you will get more attempts with less running. You will find that hitting the ball from where they lay works great as you will get to attempt chips from different distances and different angles as well as different perspectives.

Great stuff!

3) Work the cones. Navigating through cones with a ball at your feet is a wonderful way to develop ball control. Set the cones up in a straight line and weave through them or stagger them so you work more of a zig zag. Or set up two cones and execute figure eights and/or build a box and design your own race course. Placing the cones at different distances will work on different aspects of control. Closer cones require tighter control. Cones further apart allow for more speed. Vary the distances to work on all aspects of control.

a) Work on keeping the ball close with your head up. Time yourself to track progress. Ideally the more control you have the faster you can move through the cones. It is also a great way to work on fitness.

b) Try approaching the cones with a 20 yard start to build up speed so when you reach the cones on a sprint you are forced to control the ball at full speed.

Cones offer a great work out and it will not take long to develop ball control and increase fitness.

 

 Training Solo III

1)      Strike a driven ball and try to hit the corner of the goal where the crossbar and upright meet.  Once again it is ideal to have a bag of balls. Set up around the D at the top of the 18 and work on driving the ball in an effort to hit the target. Work on striking with laces, inside of the foot to bend the ball and outside of the foot to bend it the other way.

 http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-properly-strike-a-soccer-ball/

The approach is the same for laces, inside and outside of the foot strikes. The plant foot will vary slightly. Where you plant your foot in proximity to the ball will determine the trajectory of the ball. Placing the plant foot next to the ball will keep it low. Placing the plant foot behind the ball will send it higher. From there it is all geometry.

Yes, lots of running to chase down the balls that go behind the goal. Use this aspect for fitness and then work on your chipping skill again to place the balls inside the D.

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Training Solo II

Mike Mitchell delivers soccer balls to kids in Niger

Mike Mitchell delivers soccer balls to kids in Niger

Training Solo: yesterday we intriduced marbles, see below. today we expand to chipping and dribbling.

There is not always someone to train with and there is not always a team training or a game. This does not mean you can’t train. In fact training solo offers the opportunity for more touches, uninterupted focus and serious fitness while you compete against yourself.

Three quick ideas:

1) Marbles. This requires two soccer balls. Ideally this is played on a large field; a soccer pitch or a baseball outfield. Assign one ball to the left foot, the other to the right foot. Push one ball 20 yards and try to hit it with the other ball. Jog or run to the first ball and strike/pass it to try to hit the second ball. Play games to 10, left foot vs right foot. Hit the balls with pace so if they miss they travel a good 10 to 20 yards past the target ball. Turn this into a workout by only allowing points scored by hitting a moving ball.  This means you will be sprinting from ball to ball in an effort to reach the cue ball before the target ball stops. Work on striking balls with inside of the foot, laces and outside of the foot. Work on bending balls – both inside and outside of the foot, driven balls, chips and good clean grasscutters.

Always use proper technique to achieve a high level of accuracy.

Great workout. Lots of touches. Works on passing skills that will help you play to feet, lead players into space and on proper pace and weight of passes.

2) Chipping. Try this: find or buy a garbage can (a clean one preferably for obvious reasons) and place it in the middle of the field. Try to chip the ball into the can from 10, 20, 30, 40 even 50 yards away. Work on perfect form and technique. Try to develop perfect backspin on the ball as well so the ball drops nicely and does not roll far from target. Work on exaggerated height and exaggerated backspin, this will improve your mecjhanics and technique.

The more balls you have to work with the better as you will get more attempts with less running. You will find that hitting the ball from where they lay works great as you will get to attempt chips from different distances and different angles as well as different perspectives.

Great stuff!

3) Work the cones. Navigating through cones with a ball at your feet is a wonderful way to develop ball control. Set the cones up in a straight line and weave through them or stagger them so you work more of a zig zag. Or set up two cones and execute figure eights and/or build a box and design your own race course i.e figure 8’s, loops around each cone etc. Placing the cones at different distances will work on different aspects of control. Closer cones require tighter control. Cones further apart allow for more speed. Vary the distances to work on all aspects of control.

a) Work on keeping the ball close with your head up. Time yourself to track progress. Ideally the more control you have the faster you can move through the cones. It is also a great way to work on fitness.

b) Try approaching the cones with a 20 yard start to build up speed so when you reach the cones on a sprint  you are forced to control the ball at full speed.

Cones offer a great work out and it will not take long to develop  ball control and increase fitness.

 

Training Solo

There is not always someone to train with and there is not always a team training or a game. This does not mean you can’t train. In fact training solo can mean you can get more touches, have more focus and compete against yourself.

Two quick ideas:

1) Marbles. This requires two soccer balls. Ideally this is played on a large field; a soccer pitch or a baseball outfield. Assign one ball to the left foot, the other to the right foot. Push the left footed ball 20 yards and try to hit it with the right footed ball. Jog or run to the left footed ball and use it to try to hit the right footed ball. Repeat process. Play games to 10, left foot vs right foot. Hit the balls with pace so if they miss they travel a good 10 to 20 yards past the target ball. Turn this into a workout by only allowing points scored by hitting a moving ball. Work on striking with inside of the foot, laces and outside of the foot. work on bending balls – both inside and outside of the foot, driven balls, chips and good clean grasscutters.

Use proper technique to achieve a new level of accuracy.

Great workout. Lots of touches. Works on passing skills that will help you play to feet, lead players into space and on proper pace and weight of pass.

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Soccer Skills: Juggling – Two touch rhythm

Two touch rhythm

This juggling exercise works on touch, balance, agility and rhythm. It is a simple pattern that requires touching, or juggling, the ball twice using the same foot before allowing that foot to touch the ground. This means the juggler must balance on one foot while juggling with the other foot and then switch.  Use your laces. Try not to let the ball bounce (but do not stop your juggle if it does, just chase it down, keep it alive and continue),and  try not to let the foot touching the ball touch the ground between touches. This means you must balance on the non-juggling foot (the planted foot) for two touches, then switch. It is important to keep the ball in your sweet spot with every touch, knocking it knee to waist height consistently in order to accomplish this exercise. As you improve,  juggling the ball knee height or lower becomes the goal.

To start you may want to allow the ball to bounce as part of the switch from foot to foot. Try to eliminate the bounce over time and sessions.

You will find that you may need to bounce, shift and hop on the planted foot (the one you are standing on) in order to maintain balance and stay within reach of the ball. Also, the first touch in each cycle is ultimately important (First Touch!). The first touch sets up the second and the second touch sets up the transfer or switch. If you can get into a rhythm the whole exercise seems to make sense. (this is the sequence/rhythm; left-left- -right-right- -left-left- -right-right…remember don’t let the foot doing the juggling hit the ground between touches). Keeping the ball right around knee height is ideal for timing, ryythm and not having to balance for too long.

Great for balance, timing, rhythm and touch!! It’s all about Skill…

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Marbles

Great game for fitness and working on passing accuracy and technique.

1v1: both players must have a ball and a big field to play on, preferably a full soccer field. Players start side by side. The object is to hit your opponent’s ball with your own ball.

Player 1 (P1) rolls the ball into play, approximately 15 to 20 yards away. Player 2 (P2) tries to hit player 1’s ball using proper passing skills.* Once P2’s ball rolls past (or as ball two passes ball 1), P1 can then attempt to hit P2’s ball. Repeat.

A hit of the other players ball scores a point. Play games to 10.

It is a great running and passing game as players can gain an advantage by running to their ball so they are in position to attempt the to hit the other players ball as it passes by (if it misses) and or before it gets too far away.

Players work on hitting a moving target, gauging the path of the moving ball and trying to lead it into space just like leading a runner into open space. Passers must use proper pace to hit target and must make accurate passes which requires good technique.

*Proper passing skills include in inside of the foot pass, instep drive, outside of the foot pass.

Advanced Marbles: Players can only score by hitting a moving ball. Requires more running and more skillful passing. If a players ball comes to a stop it is proper to give a 10 to 15 yd push to give the opposing player a chance to score.

Small Ball Training: Accelerating skill development

Small Ball Training: Accelerating skill development  

The Brasilian Futebol offers 2 sizes, the Futebol (#10) and the Bambino (#8). The Futebol is a bit smaller than a size 3 soccer ball, 6 inches in diameter, but is well weighted to better approximate the touch and feel of a reg 5 soccer ball. The Bambino is smaller than the Futebol, 5 inches in diameter or about the size of a softball or grapefruit, and has a nice weight to it as well. Both have a lively bounce to them which requires players to develop a soft touch while focusing on and having to deal with a smaller ball.

Start with the Futebol for a warm-up, spending 10-20 minutes juggling individually or in small groups or 2 or 3. http://www.brasilianfutebol.com/juggling-program. Then switch to the Bambino for 10 or 15 minutes. While the Bambino is only an inch smaller in diameter it requires considerably more focus and effort (mechanics, technique, dexterity) to track, control and manipulate this ball effectively. After playing with the Bambino switch back to the futebol and train with it for another 15-20 minutes. The Futebol will seem easy. We sometimes throw in the mini, which is about the size of a handball, and work our way down the ladder and back up. Once you have become comfortable and adept at playing with these smaller balls the Reg 5 game ball seems effortless.

Try incorporating the Futebol into practice sessions. Great for technical training, small games (3 v3, 4 v4, 5 v5), juggling etc.. The Brasilian Futebol - Soccer Training Tool

Foot Skills; 20 minutes a day

Devote 20 minutes a day to juggling and footwork with the Brasilian Futebol and your control of the ball will increase measurebly. It it a simple task that will pay huge benefits.

Start here:

http://www.brasilianfutebol.com/juggling-program

Grab a friend:

http://www.brasilianfutebol.com/futebol-tennis

Soccer Skills Development; Training with a smaller ball to refine focus, enhance dexterity and achieve confidence on the ball.

Using a smaller ball such as the Brasilian Futebol can be of great benefit if used consistently in training sessions. It’s a tool for many situation including warm-ups, individual training, technical training and small games.

The Brasilian Futebol can be plugged into sessions to develop focus on touch and control which is essential to every training session. Player’s ability to receive and control the ball is key to developing possession which allows tactics to be employed. Emphasizing first touch is an vital element to control/possession and should be emphasized in every drill regarding ball control and passing.

Training does not have to be so regimented as to take the fun out of play. Jugging can be extremely beneficial to skills development. Juggle individually, in pairs or in groups is a fun way to train. Providing a little attention and some instruction can create a successful environment where players can thrive. Set short term goals and be consistent with testing and challenging new levels. Players can juggle at home and will find it an enjoyable part of their training. 3futebols1

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