By Danny Carvalho
Warm up – Activity 1
Important to give everyone the chance to shoot on goal without a direct opposition except from the GK, to give them successful repetitions and confidence to confront opponents later on. In this first activity the players will perform a 1vGK, dibbling the ball as much as they want from a distance to the goal and finishing it. At second they receive a pass from the right, shooting the ball on one touch with their right foot, followed by a pass from the left to shoot on one touch with their left foot. This pattern progresses to a throw-in from each side to work on header and volleys later on.
Progressing from activity 1, players will now repeat the unopposed pattern on both sides of the field. After all three shots/headers, the coach will serve a ball in to have the player from each side play a 1v1 to score.
In this last activity, we are also going to work on defensive headers. The coach will throw a high ball towards the defender, so they head it away. After that, starts a 2v1. Important to encourage bold and smart moves as well as playing directly towards the goal. When this play is over, a throw-in comes from the right and one of the attackers must deceive the defender the other one gets open and score. Another throw-in comes from the other side at the end of the 1st throw-in play. Rotate the players to make them experience every single situation.
By Danny Carvalho, DOC at Corinthians Campinas Youth Club, Brasil