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Youth Football Training – Coach Run with the ball

On this page you can watch a youth football training video on Run with the Ball: Access an animated 3D youth football dribbling session on the skills needed to improve running with the ball: Print out a chalkboard training session and a download a PDF, all designed to help football coaches improve the skill of training youth football players.: Access an animated 3D youth football dribbling session on the skills needed to improve running with the ball: Print out a chalkboard training session and a download a PDF, all designed to help football coaches improve the skill of training youth football players.

Please take the time to access this youth football training information on dribbling and to watch the Tour Videos to fully appreciate what a membership to Grassrootscoaching.com offers.

Improving Running with the ball

One key technique youth football players should be coached is the technique of running with the ball. When a player runs with the ball, it can cause the opposition many problems. Youth football coaches should encourage their players to understand that if the receiving player quickly advances the ball into more dangerous attacking areas by running with the ball then this technique can create great attacking opportunities. In addition, youth football coaches should also try to get their players to realise that by running with the ball a player can break the defending lines of the opposition and effectively take them out of the play by having the ball goal side of them, or by running with the ball attract opposition players to them and thus create space for other players.

For example, youth football coaches can create scenarios in training sessions when a fullback runs with the ball and breaks the line of the opposition defending forwards. Another training scenario is to encourage mid field players to run with the ball and break the defending line of the opposition midfield and coach a youth forward to run with the ball to break the line of the opposition defence and maybe make an effective, dangerous pass, cross or shoot. 

By training youth football players to understand when and how to run with the ball and look to break these defensive lines of the opposition can result in an opponent from the next defending line being forced to confront the player running with the ball. This then creates an overload situation which can be exploited. For example, if a fullback runs with the ball and breaks the defensive line of the opposition forwards, then an opposition midfield player will have to move out of position to confront the player with the ball. This then creates an overload situation in midfield which can be exploited..

Tips for training youth football players to improve running with the ball

  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 1– Head up and awareness of player receiving the ball – to identify where the space is to run with the ball and how much space there is
  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 2 - Appropriate touch out of the feet and into the space available – lots of space – big touch – less space - smaller touch
  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 3 – After the first touch, explode after the ball - get to the ball quickly
  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 4 – Keep the head up and scan around when running with the ball
  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 5 - Use the laces – front of the foot to run with the ball, keeping the head up and the ball in front
  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 6 - Understanding of how far to knock the ball with the laces – lots of space, bigger touches, run quickly. Smaller space, smaller touches, be more under control
  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 6 – Keep the head up to  make a correct decision at the end of the run – change direction slow down, speed up, pass, shoot cross etc
  • Training Youth Football Players Tip 7 – Composure and good technique and execution of the next action
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Watch the video to understand and structure sessions on training youth football players on running with the ball.

Videos: Football coaching | Youth Football Training | Run with the Ball

See animated drill

This is a 3D animated football training drill taken from the members' area of Running with the Ball. The title is "Escape Defender - Run with the ball"

Animated Drill: Football coaching | Youth Football Training | Run with the Ball

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