2 UP ONE DOWN
This is a possession game that improves passing and receiving skills as well as improving principles of attacking play.
HOW TO PLAY:
The designated attacking team plays with one ball at their feet, trying to keep the ball in the grid and away from the designated defending team.
The defending team has two balls, which they carry in their hands while running, or pass with their hands from one player to the next.
If the attacker’s ball goes out of the grid, the coach immediately puts another ball in to play.
If the defender’s ball goes out of play, the team has to chase it and get it back (this discourages ‘wild’ throwing.
The defending team gets a point when:
1. The attacking team’s ball goes out of the grid.
2. They hit the attacking team’s ball with either one of their own balls that has been thrown with two hands at the attacking team’s ball.
3. The teams switch roles after a set amount of time (2-3 minutes)
1. Play with one or three balls for the defending team.
2. Play with two balls for the attacking team.
3. Only allow the defending team to ‘bowl’ their ball at the attacker’s ball.
4. Allow one handed ‘baseball’ throwing.
Make sure attacking players give good supporting angles both near the ball, and, far away from it.
Movement without the ball.
Change the point of attack frequently, keep the ball moving.
Focus on good technique of passing, receiving, and shielding.
Changing the rhythm and speed of play, quick short passes, followed by a long pass.
Supporting each other with passing, not just having two players do all of the
Working together with the two balls.
Good puzzle for the players… do they play ‘man for man’, or do they play
1. A regular even sided scrimmage. However, since the object of the game is to encourage and increase the amount of dribbling going on, six, small ‘cone goals’ have been set up around the field.
2. Each time a player dribbles through one of the goals, it counts as a point.
3. Goals scored on the big goals count as well.
4. Play with two or three balls to increase the amount of repetitions even further.
1. Here, players now have to make a decision when to dribble. At first they will dribble all of the time, even if it means going into pressure. So, helping them to see where the open field is helps their development.
2. Use the outside of the foot, or the laces for ‘speed’ dribbling.
3. Change of pace, change of direction to keep the defenders unbalanced.
This game is especially appropriate for U-8 through U-12 players.