Warm - Up # 1: Passing, Headers, 1v1
1. Set up 10-15 (2 m) wide goals. In partners, freely move around passing ball through all goals. 2. Runner's stretch (hold 20 sec. each side, 3 reps/side) 3. Groups of three players form triangles standing 5 m apart from each other. Player 1 throws to player player 2, who heads to player 3. Player 3 throws to P1 who heads to P2, etc. 4. Quad stretch (hold 20 sec. each side, 3 reps/side). 5. 4 pairs play 1v1 in a 25m x 25m grid with two full size goals and goalkeepers. Two neutral players in the grid can be used by any other pair. Shots on goal must follow a give & go with one of the neutral players. 6. Hamstring stretch (hold 20 sec. each side, 3 reps/side). 7. Same set up as in step # 5. Four players are on diagonally opposite sides of the goals. - X's start with a ball each. First player X starts to attack opposite goal. O challenges X and both now play 1v1 on the same goal. - after all X's have started, O's start with ball and attack goal. 8. Heel stretch (hold 20 sec. each side, 3 reps/side). X X
25 m diagram for steps 5 & 7
Step 1: Challenge players to lead partners through goal with a pass. The more skilled your team, the smaller the area should be. Players need to stay aware of other's to avoid collisions. Step 3: As players get the routine of the drill, challenge them to throw the ball higher for jumping headers. Emphasize technique of arching backwards and hitting ball square for power. Step 5: Neutral players could be your playmakers/midfielders. They need to vocally ask for the ball so they "can make the play" and set up the shot on goal. Instead of having two more groups waiting, you can set up a second grid. Use cones to make the goals and rotate players through the goalie position. Step 7: Players starting need to enter the field with a fast "power dribble". Again, set up more than one grid. Consider playing 2v2 or 3v3.
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