U11 – U12

Passing

It is important to continue working on inside and outside. Progress onto lofted. Weighting of a pass.

Key Points
  • Approach
  • Standing foot
  • Where on the ball
  • Ankle/Foot
  • Follow through
Success Markers
  • Accurately pass to a target at 5, 10 & 15 yards distance.
  • Execute the above, stationary, medium pace & full pace.

Control

Continue with technique for the inside, outside and bottom of the foot. Increase the focus on Aerial control.

Key Points
  • Standing foot
  • Ankle/Foot
  • In line with the ball
  • Awareness
Success Markers
  • Comfortably control a ground ball from a distance of 10, 15 & 20 yards.
  • Execute the above, stationary, medium pace & full pace.

Shooting

Continue with technique for side foot finishing and laces striking. Progress to volleys – side foot and laces.

Key Points
  • Approach
  • Standing foot
  • Where on the ball
  • Where on the foot
  • Knee/body/head over the ball
  • Eyes
  • Follow through
  • Awareness
Success Markers
  • Accurately drive a ball to a target at 5, 10 & 15 yards distance.
  • Execute the above, stationary, medium pace & full pace.

Movement

Work on movement with and without the ball. Possibly progress onto movement in a defensive and an attacking area.

Defending

Work on basic defending techniques in a 1v1. Progress to 4v4 and possibly 8v8 (shape)

Key Points
  • Discipline – Close down – Pace
  • Body Shape/Side on
  • Knee’s bent
  • Patience
  • Tackle – When?

Goalkeeping

Player should have basic technique in handling and distribution. Progress to positioning and diving.

Heading

General technique. Now focus on the difference between defensive headers and attacking headers.

Key Points
  • Eyes on the ball
  • Correct part of head
  • Step into it
  • Arms – out for balance and protection
  • Shoulders and neck muscles
  • Where on ball?

Dribbling/Turns

Work all turns and all aspects of dribbling – Speed dribbling – Inside turn – Outside turn – In to Out – Progress to these (Drag Back – Step Over).

Key Points
  • Touch? What part of the foot
  • Head – Keep lifting
  • Where, When and Why?
  • Approach and pace away
  • Disguise
Success Markers
  • Dribble through cones 5, 10 & 15 yards in distance with turns on each end.
  • Execute the above medium pace & full pace and then timed.