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Year 2, Attack Defend Shoot, Unit 1 Lesson 3

Learning Intentions

  1. Working as a team to keep possession in a defined area
  2. Pass the ball for accuracy
  3. Demonstrate receiving and passing

Skill Development: Control on the ball

Success Criteria

  1. I can use my foot to stop and control the ball when dribbling.
  2. I can call out the names of players I pass to.
  3. I can use both passing and receiving skills in a game.

National Curriculum Links

To begin controlling the ball to apply to games.

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Use communication skills to call the names of players you are passing to.
Numeracy: Count the amount of passes completed before the defender gets the ball.

Starter Activity

In groups of approximately 7 children should stand in a circle. Children should use their passing and receiving skills to pass the ball around the circle to each other. The ball does not have to go to the person next to you, each child can decide who they would like to pass the ball to. When children are passing the ball, they must call out the name of the person they are passing to.

When players have had a few minutes to practise passing and receiving in their circle, add in the additional requirement to follow the ball after passing it. If the ball is still with the players that they have passed to they should stand behind that player while they decide who to pass to and then follow their pass.

You could expand the circle to make the activity more challenging.

Starter Activity Diagram

Control on the Ball

Get children to think about different ways we stop and control a ball. Remind them that in lesson 2 we stopped and controlled a ball that was being passed to us; now we are going to try to control balls that we are dribbling ourselves.

Children will be in groups of four. Player 1 will dribble towards a marked out area. They must stop the ball in that coned area and then dribble to the next cone. When they arrive at the next cone, they should pass the ball back to player 2 (or roll the ball back if they do not have accuracy) to pass across the larger distance that they have just dribbled.

Extension: Add cones for children to dribble around on the way to the box. Allow children to complete some skill whilst in the box before dribbling back out.


Remain in groups of four. Each group should be given a defined working area in which to practise passing to each other. There will be no defender, so children just need to practise passing with the inside of the foot and stopping and controlling the ball. Children should be encouraged to call the name of the player they are passing to, some children may also dribble within their box area too.

Extension: Number each child 1, 2, 3 or 4. Player 1 must pass to player 2, player 2 must pass to player 3 and so on. When the ball gets to player 4 they must pass back to player 1. Encourage players not to stand still in the area and they must try to keep the ball in their defined area.

Extension 2: Make one child a defender so the game becomes 3 v 1. Children can pass in any order but must keep the ball away from the defender and stay in their defined area. Ensure to swap the defender.

Teaching Points

Children should try to stop the ball in the box by placing their foot on top of the ball. Children should not run too fast with the ball, as it will become much more difficult to control. Encourage children to be fully in control of the ball whilst in the coned area before dribbling back out even if this means they need a few extra touches

Key Questions

  1. What different ways can you control a ball?
  2. Which passing technique did you use when passing in groups and when passing to keep the ball away from the defender?
  3. What makes it harder to control the ball when you are playing with a defender?