Critical Technique Training

By Keith Scarlett

This activity works on technique of playing and receiving long balls both in the air and on the ground, first-touch, passing, receiving and striking a driven ball approximately 30 metres.

Set-up: 4 cones are set up in a diamond. The top and bottom cones are 40 metres apart and the two side cones are 25 metres apart; per the diagram. Players should be broken up and evenly placed at each cone. All balls should begin at one of the cones that are 40 metres apart.

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How it Works: The player starting at the top cone starts with a ball plays a lofted ball to the player at the far, opposite cone (bottom cone in the diagram).

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After passing the ball, the player sprints to the back of the line to their left.

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The player receiving the ball plays it with one touch to the player to their right.

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This player then plays the ball with one touch back to the middle as a lay off.

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The player who received the initial pass then steps forward and plays this lay-off ball to the original line (preferably in the air) and the pattern continues in the other direction.

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All players rotate to their left.

Progression: The next-step is to play a driven ball either on the ground or below waist height rather than a lofted ball.

Coaching Points:

  • The emphasis should be on playing accurate long balls with both their left and right feet.
  • The players must concentrate on getting over the ball and striking the ball with a locked ankle with their laces.

By Keith Scarlett, Assistant Women’s Football Coach – Perth Glory FC, Australia, former U.S. Soccer National Staff, follow him on Twitter @keithscarlett and catch his personal blog, “An American Coach Down Under:” http://keithscarlett.blogspot.com

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