The Introductory Session

Basic Ball Handling

recommended by
American Amputee Soccer


1: Have players face each other in rows, about 3 meters apart. Have them roll - not kick - the ball to each other using first the inside of their kicking foot, then the outside. Repeat several times.

After mastering the fundamentals more advanced ball handling techniques can be introduced - such as running the cones.

Keepers are to be included in this drill.

Some of the players may have lost their natural kicking leg. This drill will help them begin to a stop and control the ball with their non-dominant leg, and with both sides of their foot.

2: Have the players step back one pace and repeat the drill.

3: Repeat the step back process until the players are far enough apart that they have to kick rather than roll the ball to their partner.

4: Lateral movement: After several kicks, each, have the players kick the ball to their partner's right side, then the left, rather than directly at the other player.

Continue until the chaos begins to subside.

Shot Drill #1 - Stationary Ball:
Outfielders and Keepers

1: Each keeper candidate takes several shots, then gives way to the next candidate. Keepers continue to rotate for the duration of the drill.

2: Outfielders: A staff member places the ball at approximately the penalty kick spot. Each prospective player takes a shot on goal - then goes to the end of the line. Continue until each player has taken several shots.

Shot Drill #2 - Rolling Ball:
Outfielders and Keepers

1: Keepers - same as above
2: Outfielders: The prospective begins running to the penalty spot. As he approaches a staff member rolls a ball to the spot for the player to shoot on goal. The player returns to the end of the line. Continue until each player has taken several shots.

Shot Drill #3 - Stationary Ball - Two Players - Single Pass:
Outfielders and Keepers

1: Keepers - same as above

2: Outfielders form two parallel lines approximately penalty area width apart, facing the goal.

Staff member places a ball approximately penalty kick spot distance from the goal, in front of the right side line of players.

The first players in each line run toward the goal. The player in the right side line passes the ball to the player running on the left side - who shots on goal.

Players return to the back of the opposite line.
Continue until each player has taken several shots.

3: Repeat the exercise with the ball being placed at the left side of the pitch.

Shot Drill #4 - Rolling Ball - Two Players - Single Pass:
Outfielders and Keepers

Essentially the same drill as above, but the staff member rolls a ball into play, rather than the ball being stationary.

Shot Drill #5 - Rolling Ball - Two Players - Double Pass:
Outfielders and Keepers

Essentially the same as above, except that instead of shooting on goal, player #2 passes back to player #1 who shoots on goal.

Rest Period

Scrimmage

Divide players into teams for scrimmage. We recommend the initial scrimmage be played on a half-pitch since the players endurance on crutches may not yet be what it needs to be for full-field play.

Follow-Up

At the end of the session inform the players as to the next scheduled session - which will mark the beginning of more formal conditioning and practice. Those sessions should be conducted along the same lines as traditional team practices, with the amputee athletes held to the same work, training and discipline expectations and players in the traditional game.

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