Scott Hastings – Works at Chelsea FC
Scott is a Chelsea FC – Foundation Coach. He has the FA level 1 & 2, Futsal level 1 and a BA (Hons) in Football Studies.
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Challange them with 30 seconds challanges that they will perform at a high tempo (eg right foot, left foot, both feet, sole of the foot, toe taps, turns and skills)
Diagram shows half inside and half out, this could be a variation, so once you have done your 30 second challange, swap with a player on the outside.
Similar set up (include gates)
– Have players pair up and pass amongst each other (Give kids freedom, let them play)
– After freedom introduce challanges (pass through as many gates as you can in a time limit)
– Keep challanges varied and always keep the tempo high!
– Split players into four teams of three players, and put them in a zone.
– Give each player a number, and tell the players to pass and move in their area (unopposed)
– When the coach shouts a number, have the player run clockwise into the next area to try and win the ball
– Very simply, first player to win the ball gets a point.
Progression to Small Sided Games (SSG)
– Two teams in each half
– Number of balls with the coach ready to feed in
– Area size depends on number of players
(NOTE: Diagram didnt allow me to expand area so that is the reason theres no depth)
– Coach feeds the ball into either side
– Opposite team sends one player to close the ball down.
– Massive overload (6v1) to begin with which is unrealistic, however creates alot of success
Coach team to make the area as big as possible
– More defenders come in, encourage attacking team to get between depends to link play
– If you have an odd amount of players, let him be “magic man” and play for both teams.
– 1v1 in the final thirds, and a 4v4 in the middle area
– Vary area size (again diagram wouldnt allow me to expand)
– Give the players a lot of freedom
– Allow them to work out how to get it into their target
– Make sure you rotate the players roles
– Could add progressions such as make five passes then try and get to target man etc
The target isnt static, he should be moving in relation to the balls position to help support his team (see red target)
– Remind players to always find new positions and dont be afraid to “start again”.
– 4v4 inside the square
– Four neutral targets outside the area
– No goalkeepers
– When a team has the ball, essentially it is 8v4 if you include the targets.
– Set a condition of one touch finish
– Give players freedom
– Target men can be static/passive
– Progress to allow targets to switch the ball
– Remind players to create new spaces
– Use targets to keep possession
– Dont be afraid to start again
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