Session 5 - 11

SESSION: individual and combination play

    Pete Sturgess, FA national foundation phase lead, delivers a coaching session for academy players aged 5-11 focusing on individual and combination play.

    Key objectives

    During this session players will develop their understanding of:

    • ball mastery and staying on the ball
    • using the body to protect and shield the ball
    • combination play
    • movement off the ball to receive a pass
    • decision-making: when to keep the ball and when to share.

    Staying on the ball


    Dribblers and passers


    Move to receive



    After you have watched this session, ask yourself the following questions:

    • How would you adapt or tweak the practice to make it appropriate to your own players?
    • What additional challenges could you set to make the practice easier or harder for individuals or your group?

    The footage above is archive content first released on The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club website.

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