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Soccer tryouts include drills and small-sided games.
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Soccer requires an array of physical skills and mental composure to play at a competitive level. If you are trying out for a club or school team, coaches put you through drills to see whether you make the cut. Tryout activities allow a coach the ability to assess ball control, speed, passing ability, composure and comportment.
One-on-one drills test speed, agility and ball control, while helping coaches evaluate each prospect's aggressiveness. One drill pits one player directly against another, but instead of taking place in a straight line, which favors the defender, this 1v1 drill takes place on a diamond. The ball handler starting at one cone, the defender slightly in front of the opposite cone, with the other two cones out to the sides. The ball-handler must dribble the ball to one of the two lateral cones, while the defender must intercept the ball and end the drive.
The 3v2 drill is a pass-attack activity that lets the coach evaluate several key components of both forwards and defenders. Three offensive prospects take on two defenders while trying to score. Often, the small goal is marked by two cones. The three forwards work together, communicate, pass along the ground and in the air, and find effective angles of attack to split the defenders and take a shot on goal. The forwards start at a set point -- 10 to 30 yards -- out from the goal and push forward to create a play. Once the play succeeds or fails, both forwards and defenders rotate out for the next set of prospects.
Small-sided games take place on a designated field that is much smaller than a regulation-sized pitch. The exact size varies depending on age and size of the prospects, but typically the field will be 20 to 30 yards from goal to goal. The games also feature much smaller goals with no goalkeepers. The prospects will be divided as evenly as possible in groups of 3v3, 4v4, 5v5 or 6v6. Anything larger than that is usually considered a formal scrimmage, but every coach runs a tryout differently. The small number of players on each side gives coaches the opportunity to evaluate how each player handles вЂњheat-of-the-gameвЂќ moments and how well players operate in open space, along with application of the physical skills necessary to play.
Dribble Across a Square
One drill for assessment of the youngest players, such as U-8s, is the Dribble Across a Square game. Although this game is also commonly used during practices, it is an effective tool for coaches to determine how well prospective players hand controlling the ball through traffic. The drill consists of a square marked by four cones, one at each corner. Depending on your age and size, the cones will be placed roughly 10 paces apart. Each prospect has a ball and stands on the lines between the cones, facing the interior of the square. When the coach starts the drill, all players must dribble the ball across the square to the other side, navigate around the oncoming counterpart, turn at the opposite line while controlling the ball, then reverse the drill to arrive at the original starting point. For tryouts, coaches may require several crossings, or only a couple.