Bishops Cleeve Colts Football Club

Rovers Session Plans September 2018

Two of our September practices will be swapped for tournament days so this session plan is likely to be used for just our first two and final practice of  September.  
It'd be good to have the lads throwing the ball in correctly at this tournament and there's still plenty of potential for improvement for long passing and shooting which are fundamental skills at any age.

Session Purpose:

  • Improve long passing 
  • Teach Correct Throw ins
  • Reminder about Goal Keeper ball positions

Session 1. 1st September

Arrival Activity 1

Conor, Andy and Frank

Long pass/shot from front on rolled ball. 

2 players per ball

Player 1 (P1) stands about 10m away and rolls ball towards team mate. Player 2 (P2) kicks hard directly at P1.

10 rolls each x 3 sets

If kick goes through or past P1 then he retrieves or grabs another ball.

If kick controlled by P1 then play same ball again.

Aim to drill ball in the air or along the ground with laces or instep. 

Arrival Activity 2

Frank & Andy

Piggy in the Middle

1 ball, starts when 3 or more players sent from activity 1.

Allow lot's of space and encourage passers to keep the triangle/square/shape and support if pass misses target.

1 piggy up to 7 players then split into 2 games.

10-10:10am: 1 Ball Per Player in grid

Conor with support from Frank and Andy (basically get in grid and encouraging/providing obstacles).

1min of Dribbling alternating with Foot touches on ball. 

Dribbling and turning on ball

Encourage max # of turns

Set 1: 1 min no demonstration

Set 2: Ask someone to demo drag back turn then 1 min with lots of turns

Set 3: Ask for demo of moving ball with outside of foot then 1 min with lots of touches on outside of foot

Foot Touches on Ball

Each set ask them to count # of touches.

Last set half count, half work

30secs each set

Distribute Bibs

Blue - Andy: Tyler, Josh, Marley, George, Frankie

Green - Jin: Joe, James, Max, Ollie, Alessandro

Blue - Conor: Alfie A, Tom F, Leo, Manas, Aron

Blue - Frank: Tom H, Alfie D, Alfie E, AJ

10:15 - 10:30 Throw Ins Technique in groups as above

In pairs or 3s throw ball to partners at each cone

Ask for demo of longest throw

Ask questions:

How far back does ball have to come? Ball to back of head

Now 1 min throw ins touching ball to back of head

Can we take feet off the floor when throwing? No

Now 1 min throw ins keeping feet on floor

Can i throw diagonally? Yes if chest facing target

Now 1 min throw ins with legs facing diagonal but chest and throw facing to partner

10:30-10:45 5 v 5 Match 1: Thin Fields to Promote Throw ins 

3 x 4 minutes with 1 min team talk between periods.

  • correct throw ins/call foul throws
  • discuss throw in strategy
    • take quickly if possible
    • if defence set; shape to throw in field but throw down the line
    • throw for team mates to run on to when possible

Andy: Tyler, Josh, Marley, George, Frankie 

vs 

Jin: Joe, James, Max, Ollie, Alessandro

And

Conor: Alfie A, Tom F, Leo, Manas, Aron, wide goal with keeper

vs

Frank: Tom H, Alfie D, Alfie E, AJ, small goal no keeper

10:45-11am 5 v 5 Match 2: Wide Fields

3 x 4 minutes

  • Getting behind ball on defence
  • Goal Keeper positioning

Andy: Tyler, Josh, Marley, George, Frankie 

vs 

Jin: Joe, James, Max, Ollie, Alessandro

And

Conor: Alfie A, Tom F, Leo, Manas, Aron, wide goal with keeper

vs

Frank: Tom H, Alfie D, Alfie E, AJ, small goal no keeper

11-11:15am Team based with subs

2 x 7 minutes

Practice using subs cards

Encourage fast throw ins and goal kicks

About the Author Conor Graham

Conor is the Head Coach of the Bishops Cleeve Colts U8's Rovers and United Teams. The 2018-19 season will be his second in charge and he's keen to help the boys push on from the huge improvements shown in 2017-18.

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