Week 18 & 19
If you have a small number of players, such as 2-4, start with very small-sided games like 1v1 or 2v2 and add players to each of the teams as they arrive at your session. If you have more players, divide them into multiple small teams ensuring as much balance as possible in terms of skills and physical attributes. Once the majority of players have arrived make trades and switch players if you need to in order to make the teams more balanced or to get like with like.
This segment aims to enhance physical literacy by focusing on speed, agility, and strength, setting a high-energy tone for the session. The activities are designed to improve players’ movement skills, cardiovascular fitness, and readiness for more complex soccer drills. This segment also serves as a dynamic warm-up, reducing the risk of injuries and ensuring players are mentally and physically prepared for the session. Coaches are encouraged to be creative within these guidelines, tailoring activities to suit the age and skill level of their players. The key is to keep every player moving and engaged throughout the entire segment.
Speed Drills: Short, intense sprints or shuttle runs to boost acceleration and speed.
Agility Work: Obstacle courses or cone drills requiring quick changes of direction, enhancing footwork and coordination.
Strength Exercises: Basic bodyweight movements like jump squats, planks, or burpees to build core and muscular strength.
Ball Skills (for advanced players): Fast-paced dribbling courses or quick passing games, integrating technical skills with physical conditioning.
Field Setup: Set up a rectangular field appropriate for the number of players and their skill level. The field is divided into three main zones with two end zones designated as scoring areas. The end zones should be clearly marked and of a size that makes scoring achievable yet challenging.
Teams: Form two teams, green and blue, with an equal number of players on each. Teams are assigned a direction in which they will attempt to score. There are no fixed goalkeepers or defenders; all players are encouraged to participate in both attacking and defensive play.
Activity: The aim of the game is for players to dribble the ball into the opponent’s endzone and control it by stopping the ball under their foot to score a point. Once a point is scored, the scoring player leaves the ball in the endzone, and the opposing team starts from that endzone, attempting to score in the opposite direction. The game is continuous, with quick changes of possession and direction encouraging fast-paced play.
Finish your session with Winner Stay On games.