By Danny Carvalho
Warm up – Activity 1
Start with small-sided scrimmages (3v3 or 4v4) to get them enthusiastic and excited about the practice. This is a great format to get loads of touches and build from the back a lot of times. As they get on fire, you move on to the next activity.
Coach will spread six yellow disc cones and six red disc cones. At this point, players are only going to work unopposed with the idea of point A (starting spot) and point B (end spot). Each of six field players will position themselves right next to a yellow cone. As the coach blows the whistle, they will quickly run to a red cone and the GK in possession will choose one of them to pass/throw the ball to, starting the game situation. Players will creatively work the ball up to finish on the opposite goal.
Same format and structure as activity 2, but now working versus three opponents.
Scrimmage 7v7 to transfer the new knowledge to a realistic game scenario.
By Danny Carvalho, DOC at Corinthians Campinas Youth Club, Brasil