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- Pod 1 (Under 6 Football)
Welcome to Pod 1 Coaching Material. 

Football Skills and Games

Under 6

Chest (Body) Catch
    The Body Catch Skillcard - Coaching Points
    The Body Catch Technique - Coaching Points
    Common Errors - Coaching Points​​​

    Throw and Body Catch - Exercise
    Piggy in the Middle - Game​
    Over the River - Game​​​


Pick Up

For Under 6, and indeed up to U8, there is no necessity to enforce the toe under the ball rule. However, it is important that each child bends their back to pick the ball up, at least, rather than going down on their knees. Allowing the children to pick the ball up while on their knees introduces bad habits which will stay with them. If you want to enforce the toe under the ball, that is ideal, but these drills will work with or without the toe under the ball.

   The Crouch Lift Skillcard - Coaching Points
   The Crouch Lift Technique - Coaching Points
   Common Errors - Coaching Points

   Lift and Drop - Exercise
   Race Against Time II - Game
   Race Against Time I - Game​​​​
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   The Bounce Skillcard - Coaching Point
   The Bounce Technique - Coaching Points
   Common Errors - Coaching Points

   Stationary Bounce - Exercise
   Bounce on the Move - Exercise
   Bounce King - Game​

Punt Kick

   The Punt Kick Skillcard - Coaching Point
   The Punt Kick Technique - Coaching Point
   Common Errors - Coaching Point

   Partner Kick - Exercise
   Partner Kick II - Exercise
   Hit The Cones - Game
   Empty the Circle - Game​​​​​


Protecting the Ball​​​​​​​​
   There are not many drills that identify protecting the ball, but try to incorporate it into each of the skills above. The Ball should be held high and tight into the body, with one hand below the ball, and one hand above it. In this fashion it should be almost impossible for a tackler to dispossess the ball carrier fairly. ​​

How do I use this page?

These overviews, exercises and games are simply ideas for you, as coach, to use in your FootballSkills Sessions for Pod 1 Children. The games and exercises are grouped according to the aims for each Pod in the Newport Coaching and Games DEvelopment Plan. Of course, should you feel you need to reach into an age group above or below, due to the progress of your group, please feel free to do so. All drills are aligned with the Newport Coaching and Games Development Plan, so feel free to pick and choose ones which work for you.