TOPIC: INDOOR TRAINING SESSION FOR 11 AND UNDER
INDOOR TRAINING SESSION FOR 11 AND UNDER 3 years, 6 months ago #593
An indoor practice plan for U11 or younger.
As the players arrive have them pair up and begin passing the ball back and forth. The person making the pass must move to another spot. The person receiving must bring the ball under control within one step before returning it. Emphasise "pass and move", "pass and move" throughout the exercise, and stop only to correct fundamentals in both the push pass and the reception.
Continue this exercise for 5 minutes after all the players have arrived, then give a 3 minute water break.
During the break, lay out cones to make a square in the middle of the playing area. Now start the dribbling exercise known to as the "square dance":
Every player has a ball and moves about within the square, keeping the ball under control and avoiding running into other players.
Stop a couple of times and show your players a couple of simple moves such as the drag back turn or scissors. Ask them to carry on dribbling and practice these moves.
End the exercise by making them identify and explode into spaces. I usually tell them make one of the new moves, find a space, and then explode into it. And make sure they keep the ball under control when they explode...that's the point after all!
Now have everyone find a spot along the walls. Have them move back 10-15 feet and begin kicking the ball off the wall, controlling the return so they can play it with the next touch. Do not be concerned if every knock to the wall is not a push pass or a "ground ball"---if they hit a flier, the return will be a difficult ball to control, and they'll see plenty of those in a game, so let them work on controlling everything. Take about 10 minutes for this exercise, which should give you time to get around to each player and work on either kicking or control fundamentals as needed individually.
Finish this off by having them dribble with speed across the floor, hit a ball to the wall while they are still about 10-15 feet away, then control and turn with the ball that comes back to them. Make them go with speed, and work on the fundamental of receiving and turning with the ball. You can do this for about 5 minutes.
They'll need a break now!
Next comes 1 v 1 work for about 10-15 minutes.
I like to make up two teams of numbered players (lets say 6 to a side, each numbered 1 through 6).
I line them up along the wall, roll out a ball, call out the numbers and they compete to win the ball, take on the other player, then the goalkeeper.
I can control this exercise by where I roll the ball, who I match up with who, whether I play goalkeeper or use my regular goalkeeper, and by calling more than one number at a time. We usually work up to 3 v 3.
If one of your players is in goal, tell them not to dive for the ball. Indoor pitches are very, very hard.
Finally, finish off with a "scrimmage". I don't usually give a break between the numbers game and the scrimmage because they have alternated playing with rest (I allow them to drink when their number hasn't been called), and they are already divided into teams. Sometimes I just yell out "everyone plays" and get out of the way. You should have about 5-10 minutes left in an hour session for the scrimmage.
This is an excellent basic indoor practice which covers virtually all the skills needed to play the game
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