Running with the Ball

​The Set-up:

  1.     Groups of 6 to 8 players with one ball per group.
  2.     Lines should be approximately 15 to 20 yards apart.
  3.     The gate should be about 2 to 3 yards.

Exercise 1: Player A dribbles with speed and passes a ball through the gate to player B.  Player A now joins the end of player B’s line.  Player B takes a positive first touch and runs with the ball and passes the ball through the gate to player C and joins the end of his line.

Exercise 2: Player A dribbles with speed and passes a ball through the gate to player B.  Player A now runs backwards to rejoin his own line.  Player B takes a positive first touch and runs with the ball and passes the ball through the gate to player C, Player B now runs backwards to rejoin his initial line.

* Coach can vary the movement (side on back to your line, skipping, etc)

Exercise 3: Player A dribbles with speed and passes a ball through the gate to player B.  Player A quickly sprints around the outside cone and races player B back to his line.  Player B takes a positive first touch and runs with the ball at speed and passes the ball through the gate to player C. Player B quickly sprints around the outside cone and races player C back to his line.

Focus:

  •     Running with the ball
  •     Accurate passing
  •     Positive first touch
  •     Coordination
  •     Sprinting
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