purpose

Prepare players to choose the right decision when having different options and to know how to prioritize those options.

objectives

Empower player's decision-making, on and off the pitch.

Created by

INEX - Association for Voluntary Activities/Fotbal Pro Rozvoj

Length of the session

45'

Number of participants

6 - 7 per circle

Age of participants

Any age

Materials

Space: 1/4 of a football pitch Materials: 2-3 balls, one of them with different colour than the others (yellow, orange preferably)

Required knowledge, skills and preparation of the trainer

The trainer needs to know how to explain the game but no specific experience is required.

Involvement of the participants in the preparation and delivery of the session

Engage participants from the very beginning by explaining the game itself. During the drill, give them total responsibility to find a way to make it better.

Session plan

Session plan

Warm-up (10')

 

Regular warm up and streching

 

 

First half (5')

 

Explain the game to the participants.
The players (6-7players) gather together in a circle and they will be provided with 2-3 balls. One of the balls has to be different colour so that it can be distinguished.
There will be 5-6 players passing the ball and 1 catcher.
The purpose of the catcher in the middle of the circle is to catch only the colored ball (yellow or orange as we mentioned above).

 

 

Second half (10' - 15')

 

Players pass the balls between each other in a circle and try to avoid the player in the middle who is trying to catch them.
The purpose of the game is to move the balls but the only important ball, is the colored one.
Players will play with all the balls and this, during the game,will bring imprecise passes, until the players end up with 2 balls, etc.
There are no rules how to play with the balls. They may leave the other balls aside, but they will not do at least at the beginning. Also it can be played with one touch or two touches.
There are two ways of playing it: tell only to the catcher that he/she needs to catch only the colored ball, or tell the same to all the players.

 

Cool-down (5')

 

Water break

 

 

Third half (10')

 

The reflection of this drill is to learn how to make decisions and how to act when you have different conflicts (the balls representing it)
Some questions that can be asked are:
What was the most difficult thing in the activity?
How did you manage to improve it?
If you can imagine an every day life situation, what do the balls represent to you?
Was it difficult to play with all the balls? Is it easy to prioritize?
Why did you still play with all the balls, if the catcher was only focusing on 1 ball?

 

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