Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner is a forum for the coaches of The Lakes Football Club to share football ideas, training plans and offer solutions to those common problems that arise in both junior and senior football. This page will be updated regularly so be sure to check back for the latest information.

Coaching Essentials

All coaches, team managers and volunteers must register on this website and on www.myfootballclub.com.au.


All coaches and managers must abide with the Code of Conduct published by Football Federation Australia. Click here to download the Code of Conduct.

All coaches, managers and volunteers must have a current Blue Card. Click here to download the Blue Card Application Form. Please complete the form and print and scan and email it to our club President

The organisation name is: The Lakes Football Club
The organisation ID number is: 996753
The organisation address is: PO Box 1567 North Lakes Qld 4509
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Player Injuries

Team Managers and Coaches play an important role in keeping our players safe. If any player, coach, manager or other person sustains an injury at training or at games, we ask that an Injury Report be sent to the club.


Please provide as much detail as possible. If you have photographs that help describe the injury, please include them as well.

Completed Injury Reports can be emailed to the Club President, Andrew Aitken at president(at)thelakesfc.com.au.

Passing & Receiving Warmup - ABC's


PLAYERS: 8 | AREA: 10x10 | AGE: U6-U11 | TIME: 10-15 Mins

KEY COACHING POINTS

Agility, balance, coordination & speed

Weight of pass

Good 1st touch

SET UP

10x10 Area. Players begin in pairs with a tag game. If a player tags their partner they get 1 point and then swap roles. Encourage ABC’s.

PROGRESSION

Introduce footballs with players passing and receiving to each other. When a player has made a pass they run around any yellow cone and back into the area to receive.

OTHER COACHING POINTS

1. Agility, balance, coordination and speed.  2. Communication. 3. Weight of pass. 4. Type of pass. 5. Good 1st touch. 6. Movements to receive.

Ball Mastery & Beat The Player Moves: Warm Up


Dribbling & Running with the Ball - Warm Up (Technical)


PLAYERS: 12 | AREA: 30x20 | AGE U8-U12 | TIME: 15

KEY COACHING POINTS

Head up & awareness

When to dribble, when to run with the ball

Quality of end product

SET UP

30x20 area with 3 x stations. 1. O’s dribble with the ball for end product of shot at goal. 2. X’s run with the ball for end product to combine around the mannequin with team mate. 3. ^’s run with the ball across the area to red mannequins for end product of crosses to team mate.

DETAIL

1. Head up and aware of ball, space, team mates and other players 2. Identify when to dribble and when to run with the ball 3. Lots of touches & close control when limited space 4. First touch out of feet & travel when space to do so 5. Change of speed and direction 6. Skills and turns to change direction 7. Work both feet 8. End product: Shoot/combine/cross

Possession Drill: Warm Up


Combination Play: Technical


PLAYERS: 11 | AREA: 30x30 | AGE: U9-U13 | TIME: 15-20 Mins

KEY COACHING POINTS

Awareness 

Quality of the pass

Tight 1st touch

SET UP

30x30 Area with receiving squares in each corner. Players divided into 2 x teams, with one team passing clockwise around the area to team mates in the square, and one team passing anti-clockwise. Players follow their pass to next receiving square.

PROGRESSION

Players can come out of the square to receive and can either take ball back into square to pass or set back to the player who passed them to combine.

OTHER COACHING POINTS

1. Communication 2. Awareness of ball, space, team mates and other players 3. Quality and type of pass (punch through the middle of the ball) 4. Tight 1st touch 5. Play in 2 touches if possible (1 to receive, 1 to pass) 6. Body shape on receiving the ball

Dribbling Drills: Fundamentals


Counter Attacking


PLAYERS: 10 | AREA: 2x 20x10 (+AGILITY STATIONS) | AGE: U11-U15 | TIME: 15 Mins

KEY COACHING POINTS

Speed & change of direction

Get forward as quickly as possible

Agility & technique as player travels

SET UP

2 x 20x10 Areas and Agility Stations in between the areas. 2 x teams of 5 with one team in each area playing handball and passing and moving. On coaches call, teams have to leave there ball and move quickly through agility stations to opposite area. First team to area gets a point.

PROGRESSION

Ball is placed on floor and players pass and move

OTHER COACHING POINTS

1. Speed and change of direction. 2. Get forward as quickly as possible. 3. Movements to create space and explode forward. 4. Communication. 5. Quality & types of pass. 6. Agility and technique through stations. 7. Explosive speed to move forward.

First Goalkeeping Session


Warm Up - Technical


Playing Under Pressure


PLAYERS: 9 | AREA 15X15 | AGE: 8-12 | TIME: 15 Mins

KEY FACTORS:

Awareness of ball, space, team mates & opposition.

Movement to create angles to receive

Communication

SET UP

AREA: 15M x 15M with 2 teams. 1 team (O's) have a ball each and dribble around the area attempting to block passing lines as X's attempt to pass and move around the area. Rotate roles of players.

PROGRESSION

If possible, X’s to play in 2 touches to unbalance dribblers.

DETAIL

1. Awareness of ball, space, team mates and opposition. 2. Movement to create angles to receive. 3. Communication. 4. Type of pass. 5. Quality 1st touch. 6. Play in 2 touches if possible (1 to receive and 1 to pass)

Small Sided Games - 4v4

 
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