2006-09-09

Week 2 practice plan

Here is an outline for week 2 training. The goals are for the coaches to continue getting to know the players, and for the players to begin improving their skills.

  1. Passing and juggling: Warm up in pairs or small groups

  2. One touch: Toss the ball to your partner, and he returns it to you with a particular body part. Body parts to use follow this sequence: right foot, left foot, right thigh, left thigh, chest, head.

  3. 2v2+2 or 3v3+3

  4. 5 Goal Game: 4v4+2; or N+1 goal game, with NvN+2, where N is the number of players per side. Add: make a certain number of passes before shooting, then turn it into Gates Passing.

  5. Four-squares passing

  6. Four Small Goals: Conditions to add include: make a certain number of passes before shooting; shoot from farther away.

  7. Triange Goal Game: Make a triangle with three cones in the center if the field. The sides of the triangle each serve as a goal mouth so teams can shoot at three different goals. Place 2 goalies in the triangle and the 2 goalies must protect the three goal mouths. Two even teams play a normal soccer game, except they both can score on any of the three faces of the triangle for a point. The game is continuous and if a goalie catches the ball he just throws it out so the game continues. Version 2: Use two balls at the same time.

  8. 8v8: Two goals. Start with goals in opposite corners to encourage spreading the field wide and making crossing passes.

Resource: Massachusetts Youth Soccer U6-U12 Curriculum

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