Youth soccer training – Part 2 and 3
Part 2: Drill centered around the focal point – The pass circulation drill
The pass circulation drill is suitable for players of all ages because it allows you to modify the level of difficulty. The younger the players, the easier the degree of difficulty should be. The players are divided in groups of two, and each group takes position next to a cone.
A circle of cones is positioned in the middle to simulate a group of defenders.
The first player in the group now runs toward the cones in the middle while repeatedly kicking the ball with his thigh before catching it again.
When he has reached the cones in the middle, he should throw the ball back to his partner.
In the first variation the players now have to alternately kick the ball with their left and right foot. Again they’re allowed to catch the ball.
Repeat this for four or five times until they reach the cones. Once they’re in the middle they should volley the ball back to their partners. The volley should be played in a way that allows the partner to catch the ball.
In the next variation the players should kick the ball at least once with both feet before catching it again. This should be repeated for two to three times before they reach the cones. Once they’re in the middle they should kick the ball over their head with their back to their partners.
It’s possible to award points here, three points if the ball touches the ground once, five points for directly catching the ball.
Part 3: Game-based drill – “The Champions Cup”
During this drill the players should try to score goals while getting the ball over certain lines on the pitch. This requires them to prevail in one-on-one situations. The kids are pressed for time, therefore you should make sure that they don’t shoot the ball from a few yards away, instead they should actually dribble the ball across the line.
If the game is tied at the end of regulation, the kids decide the winner via penalty shootout.
This is a highly motivating drill because the winner advances further in the Champions Cup while the loser is out.
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