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CHALLENGES

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									                                                     CHALLENGES




CHALLENGE 1 : Three Ball Channel Time Trial

Start at one end of the channel with 3 balls. Dribble each ball in turn, to the far
end of the channel. Be sure to maintain control of the ball at all times. This
includes the stopping of the balls on the far line. How fast can you dribble the
balls to the end? Time yourself and aim to break your own record. This
challenge is to test both your ball control skills and your speed and agility.
Double this challenge (For older players only). Perform the challenge as listed
above but extend the challenge to retrieving the balls back to their starting
point.

Set Out: In an area approximately 10 meters x 20 meters, place 4 poles, (or
markers) 1 on each corner of the rectangle to form a channel, mark the half
way line of the channel with a further two poles (or markers). You can vary the
size of the channel depending upon your age and ability.


CHALLENGE 2 : Three Ball Star Time Trial

Start at one point of the star with 3 balls. Dribble each ball in turn to each point
of the star. You must round the centre pole (or marker) on each pass. How fast
can you dribble the three balls to the star points? Be sure to maintain control of
each ball even when stopping them on the marks. Time yourself and aim to
break your own record. This challenge is to test your speed and ball control
skills.
Double this challenge (For older players only). Perform the challenge as listed
above but extend the challenge to retrieving the balls back to their starting
point.
Set Out: In an area approximately 8 metres x 8 metres, place 4 markers, 1 on
each corner of the square to form a star shape, mark the centre of the star with
a pole (or marker). You can vary the size of the star depending upon your age
and ability.




CHALLENGE 3 : Three Ball Square Time Trial

Start at one point of the square with 3 balls. Dribble each ball in turn to each
corner of the square. How fast can you dribble the three balls to the square
corner? Be sure to maintain control of each ball even when stopping them on
the marks. Upon returning to your starting point tag your team mate for them
run out to each ball to bring them back one by one. Depending upon the
number of people in each team, you can repeat this process as many times as
necessary until all members have had a turn. You can time yourselves and aim
to break your own records or set up two teams side by side and race each
other. This challenge is to test your speed and ball control skills.
If you wish, this challenge can also be done as an individual challenge against
the clock.

Set Out: In an area approximately 8 metres x 8 metres, place 4 markers, 1 on
each corner to form a square shape. You can vary the size of the square
depending upon your age and ability.


CHALLENGE 4 : Quick Feet Challenge In a Star

The important thing to remember in this drill is to keep facing forward. Start at
one point of the star. Run forward towards the middle marker. At the marker,
step sharp left and run sideways towards the point of the star. Touch the
ground with your hand at the marker and moving sideways again, return to the
middle. From here move forward to the top point of the star, touch the ground
and this time, running backwards return to the middle mark. Finally move
sideways out to the remaining star point. Touch the ground at the point. Move
back through the centre and back to your starting position. Time yourself and
aim to break your own record. This challenge is to test your speed and quick
feet skills.

Set Out: In an area approximately 8 meters x 8 meters, place 5 markers, 1 on
each corner of the square and one on the centre to form a star shape. You can
vary the size of the star depending upon your age and ability.




CHALLENGE 5 : Keep The Ball Alive - First Touch Challenge

In an open training area, the server plays short passes into space for the
receiver to play back on the first touch. As the server, you must play the ball on
a new angle each touch. Remember to use only single touches. This is a high
intensity exercise. You should vary the duration of this exercise depending upon
your age, older players can work at a greater intensity for a longer period of
time. This drill is to practice speed, accuracy and endurance. The aim of this
challenge is, within a specific time frame, to get as many touches on the ball as
you can. Aim to better your score each time. This challenge is to test your first
touch passing skills under pressure, as well as your speed and agility.


CHALLENGE 6 : Keep The Ball In The Air - Two Touch Challenge

In an open training area, with a training partner, the challenge is to keep the
ball in the air. This must be achieved using two touches each. On the first touch,
control the ball using any part of the body you can. This might be head control
or thigh control or chest control. On the second touch, volley the ball back to
your partner who first controls the pass in the air to volley back and so on. Only
count the passing to see how many aerial passes you and your partner can
achieve, with out letting the ball drop. Record your highest number and try to
beat it next time. This challenge is to test your ball control and passing skills.


CHALLENGE 7 : Keep The Ball In The Air - Heading Challenge

With a training partner, in an open training area, the challenge is to keep the
ball in the air using heading techniques. This must be achieved using only single
touches each. Concentrate on quality touches, this is important to keep the ball
alive in this challenge. Count how many times you and your partner can pass
the ball back and forth, without letting the ball drop. Record your highest
number and try to beat it next time. This challenge is to test your head control
technique and passing skills.
CHALLENGE 8 : Keep The Ball In The Air Corner Wall Challenge

Play the ball in the air at the left side wall of the corner. On the rebound, control
the ball in the air, using any means you like- head control, thigh control, chest
control etc. On the second touch, play the ball at the right side wall and repeat.
Each time you play the ball at the wall volley, using the inside of the foot. The
challenge is to progressively build on the control touches each time you play it
to the corner wall. First time on the rebound give only 1 touch, the second two
touches, the third- three and so on. Challenge yourself to see how many
touches you can get to, whilst still maintaining control in the air. This challenge
will test your ball control in the air and juggle skills.


CHALLENGE 9 : Keep The Ball In The Air Flat Wall Challenge

The challenge here is to keep the ball in the air rebounding from a wall. With a
partner in a flat wall training area, challenge yourselves to keep the ball in the
air. This is to be done with alternating volley kicks, from the rebound off a wall
and back again using first touch skills. Challenge yourselves to keep the ball in
the air. Count the number of times you play the ball and try to beat your best.
This challenge is to test your volley and first touch skills.


CHALLENGE 10 : Heading The Ball At A Target Challenge

This drill is included in the Develop your skills- the individual player - heading
skills section of this disc. In an open training area, stand facing your training
partner, approximately 3 meters apart. Set up two markers, on the ground to
your left, about 3 metres away and approximately 1 metre apart. As your
training partner lobs a ball toward you, position your body to make solid contact
with the ball using your head. Your objective is to head the ball between the
markers using an attacking header so make contact just on or below the
hairline. See how accurate you can be over five attempts. Then swap with your
partner. Challenge yourself on both the left and right sides. As an added
challenge- vary the width of your target markers. This challenge is to test your
heading accuracy on both sides of your body.
When practicing heading, it is extremely important to practice in moderation. Do
not continually head the ball over a long period of time. It is also a good idea to
use a soft ball when practicing heading. We recommend that you only practice
heading under the supervision of a qualified coach. It is not recommended for
you to practice these heading drills until you are at least at the under 10 age
group.

								
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