Football Practises: Running with the Ball

Football Practises: Running with the Ball

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Beginning Practises

Running with the Ball – Beginning: Catch the Tails

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Players run with the ball while the tagger attempts to catch their tail (bib tucked into their shorts)

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Double Trouble

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Two players link hands and are defenders who attempt to kick all the balls out of the area.

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Running with the ball Beginning relays 1

Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relays 1

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Players sprint to the end and collect the ball to dribble it back to their partner.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relays 2

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Players run with the ball zig zag through markers and back to the beginning.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relays 3

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Players run with the ball around the first marker, then around the second marker to be the first team back!

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relays 4

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Players run around the marker completing a full circle before coming back.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relays 5

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Players run with the ball through a gateway in the middle before dribbling around the cone and back to the start.

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Running with the ball Beginning Relays 6

Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relays 6

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Players run with their ball and leave it for the next person to pick up and run with.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relays 8

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Players run with the ball through markers in the shape of a figure 8.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Run Out

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Players dribble inside the area before running with the ball as fast as they can around the outside marker to be the first player back.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Stuck in the Mud

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The classic tagging game where players become ‘stuck’ and need their teammates to help free them.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: The Bee Hive

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Players pretend to be ‘bees in a bee hive’ and dribble their ball while avoiding other players in the middle.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: The Run Around

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Players run around from one square to the next on the coach’s call.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Traffic Control

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Green light means go, orange means slow down, red means stop. Players run with the ball awaiting the coach’s instruction.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Bugs Bunny

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A tagging game where players run with the ball and can hide in a safe zone or ‘rabbit hole’ to avoid the hunter.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Chase to the End

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Players run with the ball as fast as they can to reach the end while being chased by their partner.

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Running with the Ball – Beginning: Relay Race

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Two teams face off to see who can run fastest with the ball and score in the opposite goal.

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 Middle Practises

Running with the Ball – Middle: Dribble Tag

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Players run the ball trying to avoid being tagged, players become the taggers until there is one player left.

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Running with the Ball – Middle: Red Rover Cross Over

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Just like the classic schoolyard game but each player runs with a football.

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Running with the Ball – Middle: Rob the Nest

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Another fun game for kids, players collect ‘eggs’ with their feet and dribble back to their ‘nest.’

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Running with the Ball – Middle: Round ’em Up

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Players run with the ball while one defender attempts to get all the balls out of the grid.

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Running with the Ball – Middle: Empty It, Fill It

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Two teams compete to be the first team to deposit all their footballs and run back to their zone.

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Running with the Ball – Middle: The Chase Is On

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Players are in pairs and chase the player who attempts to run with the ball to the end line before being tagged.

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Running with the Ball – Middle: Relays Under Pressure

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Two teams compete in a relay race while running with the ball and being chased by a defender.

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Running with the Ball – Middle: Run Towards Goal

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Players run towards goal and try to score while being chased by a defender.

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End Practises

Running with the Ball – End: Dribble to Score

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To score a goal players run with their ball through a gateway.

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Running with the Ball – End: Line Football

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Players score by running with the ball over the opposition’s end-line.

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Running with the ball End Training Game

Running with the Ball – End: Training Game

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Players can score through either side of the goal, from behind and in front.

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Running with the Ball – End: Number Up Game

Players are numbered up with a player on the other team and can only tackle that player!

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