We call this exercise "Monster Rectangle" because the marked-out rectangle can really seem like a monster for the players, if the distances chosen are very large. So vary the distances between the positions according to the age, performance and ability of your group. Remember too that smaller distances require more technical skills from players, especially when the exercise is being carried out at high speed.
Mark a starting position and a rectangle on the training field. There is a cone marker gate on the field, as well as another cone marker which serves as a turning point. The corners of the rectangle are occupied by players. The starting player dribbles to the cone marker gate and passes diagonally to the left or the right to the player at the marker. He then runs around the turning point cone and follows his pass towards the position that has become free. The pass receiver passes to the next player in the rectangle and follows his pass in the same way. The last player in the sequence of passes gets the ball under control and dribbles towards the starting position. The players decide which side of the rectangle the first pass goes to. The pass should always be played to position of the player who is ready to receive it.
- The players in the right angle remain in position. The active player runs around the receiving player each time they pass, and gets the ball back when he is running back to the starting point.
- A trick is performed in front of the cone marker gate
- The players only start to run onto the field on the trainer’s command
- Push for increased speed
Organisation of the training exercise
Category: Advanced training, Children’s training, Youth training
Minimum group size: 7
Maximum group size: 14
Materials required: Enough balls, 3 pylones, 6 markers
Field size: Variable - The larger the field, the more strenuous the exercise is.