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4 against 1 - With the objective of hitting cones

4 against 1 - With the objective of hitting cones

 
Goal
Equipment
  • 8 markers
  • 4 cones
  • balls
Preparation
  • Playing area: 10x10 meters
  • Players: 5
  • Duration: 19 minutes
  • Series: 5 series of 3 minutes with a 1 minute pause of recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Useful exercise to improve the passing technique by reinforcing ball possession
Intercepting
Organization
Make a square of 10x10 meters using 4 markers. On each side of the square place a player, outside of it. In the center of the area make a square of 3x3 meters with 4 markers. Inside the small square place 4 cones (See picture). One player goes outside the small square and defends it. Give a ball to one of the outer players, those that are outside the big square. Make the proper amount of playing areasso that the whole team can participate in the exercise.
Description
  • To the coach's signal the 4 players pass the ball between them
  • The objective of the 4 players is to find the appropriate moment to hit the cone from inside the square (See picture)
  • The defender has to defend the cones that are inside the square of 3x3 meters, trying to intercept passes and shots
  • The defender can only be close and outside the inner square
  • The defender cannot go to far away from the inner square to try to put press the player that has the ball
  • Each of the cones that get hit are worth 1 point
  • At the end of each series players swap positions
  • The winning team will be the one that has lost the least points during the all of the series

 

Variations
  1. Add a second ball
  2. Maximum 3 touches for the 4 players when they have the ball
  3. Adapt the space based on the age and the team skills
Coaching Points
  • The defender has to predict the passing lane in order to intercept the ball
  • Advise the 4 players to pass the ball between them as fast as possible, liberating that way the passing lane useful to hit the markers
  • Exercise-game widely used in warm-up for youth teams
  • With this exercise players intuit the importance of a good ball possession, with which to liberate spaces to pass and shoot the ball

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