Warm Up with the Ball

Organization

6 pairs of cones set at 7-8m apart
6 balls

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Description

Players are divided into pairs. Pairs in turn, perform the following exercises; ( it is vital to leave the ball “dead” at the cone for the next pair).
• Players run to first cone, collect a ball, dribble ball to opposite cone, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back inside of cones.
• Players run to first cone, collect a ball, perform a scissors move, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back inside of cones.
• Players run to first cone, collect a ball, perform a “spin out” move or “Maradona spin” move, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back inside of cones.
• Players run to first cone, collect a ball, perform a half turn, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back inside of cones.
• Players run to first cone, collect a ball, dribble the ball around the opposite cone and back, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back inside of cones.

Coaching Points

This is a great alternative to warm up your players using a ball. A variety of dribbling maneuvers, feints and change of direction is involved in this warm up. Jogging and dynamic stretching can easily be incorporated with a little imagination.

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