As little boys we learned football by playing with a ball on our own, our parents or a couple of friends. Simple and fun games taught us the basic skills we needed for the game. Later in life, some of us joined a club or an academy and things got more serious. Unfortunately, often coaches miss the point and forget about the spirit of the game: to have fun. I am not talking only about kids coaching, football training should be an enjoyable experience for all ages and levels. This post will discuss a fun passing drill that will make your training sessions a more pleasant experience.
The Box gets its name from its setup: two boxes in where two opposite teams play a small football game. The first box is the defense area of a team, the second box is the whole pitch.
The setup is easy. Use a set of cones and small goals to create a 7 aside or 5 aside pitch. The number of players will depend on the size of your squad. Having a squad of 20+ players turning to training is unrealistic for amateur teams. You could play this game with as few as 2 players per side.
The main objective of this drill is keep possession of the ball by using accurate passing and good positioning in the field. The basic rules of the game are:
There are some variations to this game that you may want to consider. Often a conflict between teams is that a player stays in front of the small goal all the time, so a variation is to delimit an area around the goal where nobody can step in. Another interesting variation is to allow the team that scores unlimited touches of the ball, the opposition must score to reestablish limited touches and score again to gain free touches. You can also use bigger goals and goalkeepers.
Be creative and add your own rules. The main point is that the game has to keep the spirit of passing the ball among teammates, forcing players with individualistic characteristics to plays as a team.
Although in the surface this game seems only like a fun passing drill, it actually teaches a few important lessons:
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