118 Sessions!

118 Session Plans

The session plans were all used over two seasons of working with the Under 11 age group. Adapted for a smaller number of players if any were not available for training, so please feel free to use and adapt anything you see!

As I am sure a lot of them were sessions I had seen and then changed for the needs of the players 🙂

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Crossing

Last night with my U13 boys team, crossing was the aim of the session. However the session I had planned had to be adapted slightly with having only 8 players for the session. It still went very well and the players enjoyed the different challenges. I am curious to see if we manage to get many crosses completed in our pre-season friendly on Saturday.

2 teams 4v4 

  • Playing inside blue cones
  • No goalkeepers

Passing – Teamwork

For an interview for a coaching job last week I had to make sure the topic of the session related to employment. I decided to go for Passing and relate it to Teamwork and Communication skills. All of these are very important in the work place as well as on the football pitch.

I tried to keep the session as simple as possible, splitting the group into 3 teams from the very start. Each team is given a ball and have to make as many passes as possible using all of the space.

Then gave them a challenge of beating the number of passes the other team can make. See who can get the most, whilst keeping good quality and using the entire area (to stop a static triangle occurring).

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Types of Practice

A small part of the FA Youth Module 2 takes a look at the types of practice used in football sessions. It also asks a question about saving the more game like practice until the end. Why do we have to wait until the very end of the session to start playing a more match like practice?

Well the answer to that after the module 2 course is, we don’t have to wait. We can always start with the game like situation and then go back to a more constant or variable practice. Nothing wrong with seeing what the players do naturally before coaching them to improve, and if that means we have to go back to a more basic practice containing a lot of repetitive then that’s fair enough.

Constant Practice

Practicing an isolated technique in constant conditions – example, passing over the same distance and angles. Predictable, unopposed or very limited pressure. Narrow focus but a good feeling of success. Massive focus on good technique, lots of touches and repetition of the same movement. Only downside is that not enough movement of directions, lack of angles and realism to the game. But still a good practice to help good technique.

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