Coaching advanced ball control helps the players to use dribbling basics, turns like the Cruyff turn, Cuts (inside and outside), step-overs, and controlling the soccer ball out of the air to help young players train on their edge.
What does this mean? The players are now good with the
soccer ball at their feet so in order to make further improvements they
have to train faster - this will lead to mistakes and challenge the
young players to now further improve. This is called training on your edge!
Getting the players warmed up...
How do coaches get players going when soccer practice begins?
The coach gets the kids working on some ball control like volleys, thigh and chest control.
The coach could have the kids playing in free space before going to
limited space. This gives the kids a chance to get used to the turns
without restrictions while they are warming up. Once the players are
warmed up and ready to go the coach
moves to the cones.
This is a great game for soccer practice or adding it to your soccer practice plans...
Equipment: cones and soccer balls.
Game: The coach makes a circle with 8 cones, plus an additional cone in the center of the circle.
This exercise will help the players get much sharper as well as lots of repetition.
Equipment: Cones and Soccer balls
Game: The coach makes a circle with 8 cones. Smaller circles will
promote more advanced ball control and bigger circles will promote more fitness with less skill.
The coach has half the group of players inside the circle and half the group on the outside of the circle.
Skills that coaches can employ using the circle exercises...
Variations: The coach will have the players in the middle of the circle with the soccer balls. The
players will now dribble and pass the soccer ball to the outside
players getting a return pass and using a turn to find the next open
Skills that coaches can employ from the inside of the circle.
The coach can match up players in the middle (in pairs), so they are put under
pressure from the defender. The defenders will only apply light
pressure (not taking the soccer ball). This allows the attacking player to get used to taking a touch with a
defender in the area.
Coaching point: The coach might notice that players do everything at the same speed or too fast. This will allow the coach to teach players how to accelerate to the ball, slow down, coming in under control as they get closer and receive the soccer ball.
When players can race in and slow down and control the soccer ball they are achieving a more advanced level of ball control.
Equipment: Cones and soccer balls
Game: The coach makes a circle with 8 cones on the outside and a cone in the center of the circle.
The players start on the outside of the circle with one soccer ball.
The player with the soccer ball dribbles into the circle and uses a turn...
The players make a sharp turn. Once the player has turned, they pass the soccer ball to a player on the
outside of the circle. The player on the outside repeats the action.
Players are making lots of turns and having to get their heads up to make a good decision when finding a pass. Players achieve a level of advanced ball control when they can turn and find a pass under pressure.
The coach can throw advanced ball control concepts at the players over several practices while the kids are still learning.
The players will then break off for small sided games. The players have just gotten a lot of touches on the ball and practiced many little turns and passes. The coach should encourage the turns and ball control in the small sided games.