Round the Clock - Football Session

This football training session introduces players to short passing and close control.

Required Equipment
Equpiment - Football coaching sessions Equipment - Soccer coaching sessions Equipment - Coaching sessions Equipment - Goals
x 1 per 2 players Not Essential x Good Supply None
Area Additional Equipment
Pitch Area X = 40 Yards
Y = 40 Yards
Additional Info None
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Round the Clock
Key Observations for this Football Session
  1. Passing; Accuracy, Weight, Height and Timing
  2. Turning; Low Centre of Gravity, As quickly as possible and Accelerate out of turn
  3. Dribbling; Close Control, Head up and Disguise
Starting Position

Pairs start opposite each other in a big circle. One player of the pair has a ball.

Organisation for this Football Session

Players are split into pairs and given 1 ball between them. The pairs then spread out in a circle. The player with the ball should be on the outside and their partner facing them 5 yards away. The partnerships then pass the ball between themselves using the inside of their feet.

All passes should be;

  • Correctly weighted
  • Accurate
  • Played to the receivers stronger side (unless otherwise instructed) Along the floor

Players should be encouraged to use both feet.


First progression: When the ball is passed to the player on the inside they turn with the ball, dribble to the middle of the area and back out to their starting position. While they are dribbling the outside players should move around the outside clockwise to pass to a new partner. Alternate the outside players with the inside players once the outside players have moved all the way around the circle once.

Once the session progresses the focus of the coach should also include the inner players turning and dribbling. Players should be encouraged to turn however they feel comfortable, they could turn; In one fluid movement using their back foot In two or three touches By stopping the ball first then performing a conventional turn, such as the stop turn


Second progression: Once the inside player has received the ball they dribble it clockwise and out so that they become the outside player in the partnership next to them. Meanwhile, the outside player follows their initial pass and becomes the inside player awaiting the next pass. As the players dribble they should look to keep the ball within their playing distance and be fully aware of the situation around them (move with head up).



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