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Hope you are all doing well on this Family Day!
Our third week is officially in the bag with our 6-8 age group working on 'Inside Foot Passing' and our 9-12 age group working on team possession.
Here are the coaching points below:
Main Coaching Points
6-8 Age Group
5 Stages of Inside Foot Pass:
1. Standing foot beside the ball pointing at target
2. Ankle tight (to help with accuracy and power)
3. Use the inside of your foot (big fat part)
4. Strike the middle of the ball
5. Follow through pointing at your target
9-12 Age Group:
- Movement to create space to receive the ball
- Always have a passing lane available (have to be able to see the ball and the player to get the ball)
- Judge your weight of pass, further you are, more weight you need - always focus on accuracy
- Control & pass or one touch - decide what best option is before you get the ball
- CHECK YOUR SHOULDERS - if you are aware of where your defenders are, as well as your teammates, it will help you make quicker and smarter decision making
- When is the right time to dribble, when is the right time to pass (really need to work on this as a whole)
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6-8 Age Group:
When we started the session, the passing technique from all players was varied. We had a very small number of players passing with their toes, others passing with their inside but not with a tight ankle and then we had those giving good consistent passes for the most part.
The biggest and most important thing when making an inside football is to keep your ankle tight and strike the middle of the ball - using the inside of your foot. After this is done, your follow through is the next most integral aspect of the pass as it will help direct it to your target.
In the 6-8 group, the main goal is the 5 stages of passing above. Players also need to remember to hit the ball of the ball but the biggest aspect is keeping the ankle tight and hitting through the middle of the ball.
Additional points is that the players need to call for the ball and be on their toes to receive. Checking their shoulders is a plus at this age.
9-12 Age Group:
Both groups struggled with possession last week but this week we definitely saw improvements. Players were moving the ball faster, their passes were more firm and accurate and there was overall better communication.
There still needs to be an improvement on movement after passing the ball and also when you are on the opposite side of the field or receiving the ball. Too many players are acting as 'spectators' and they need to always remember to move in relation to where the ball is to always keep a 'passing lane - see the ball and the player' open.
Other players are holding the ball too long or trying to outdribble players when sometimes it is easier to pass and then receive the ball back - this actually makes the defender run more and we want to keep the ball.
Also remember at this age, players should be checking their shoulders regularly seeing where opponents are - this needs to improve as well as the first touch of all players. Don't just practise at the session but practise your first touch at home too!
All in all, great job by both groups and see you all soon!