The following drill is an excerpt from Soccer Awareness eBook 13: 17 Best Warm Ups. Get more warm ups like this to make sure your team is physically and mentally prepared for their training session or game. Preview the Book Here
- Use one or two balls per team for passing and moving (or more).You can keep it interesting by changing the theme for each awareness session e.g. passing to feet or space, opposite colors, receiving and turning, one touch / two touch, 1-2’s, crossovers etc.
- This workout is game specific and should particularly be used before actual games. Include stretches.
The Numbers Game
Numbers game is a good idea to use for both warm up and cool down. Use two balls to start player’s number off and pass in sequence. Two balls moving means as soon as one is passed off another arrives so still getting lots of work on the ball. This prepares players for awareness and quick thinking, identifying early where teammates are. Players often start physically and mentally cold in a game, using this helps prepare both aspects.
Incorporating the above sessions with the ball is also more enjoyable for the players as well as being of greater value in their technical and tactical awareness and physical and mental preparation for both practice and games.
Non – Competitive Awareness Numbers “Game” with Teams: Passing in Sequence
We are working with three teams. Within each numbered team each player is numbered off. Teams (1) and (2) work together (with two balls) and team (3) works alone (with one ball). Players must pass in sequence i.e. with teams (1) and (2) working together 1 passes to 2; 2 passes to 3; 3 to 4 and so on up to 8 who passes to 1 and we begin again whilst team (3) players pass 1 to 4. A Player receives from the same person and passes to the same person each time. This develops great awareness of time, space and player positions. There is continuous work on and off the ball.
Awareness of: where the player you receive from is and where the player you pass to is. Because of this, players begin to anticipate the pass to them and where it is coming from. Also they must look to where it is going to (where is the player they are passing to?). We are trying to create a situation where players are looking two moves ahead not just one. For instance, as (1) is about to pass to (2), (3) should be looking to support (2) for the next pass already, looking two moves ahead before the ball leaves (1). Peripheral Vision Development results from this.
Develop: Reduce the number of touches players are allowed each time they receive a pass, all in to begin, then three touch, then two touch then one touch if it is on to do so. This speeds up the decision making process and forces them to look earlier as to where they are passing to.