In this fun and active warm-up game, players get to practice their dribbling and shielding skills as they try and stop Virgil Van Dijk from stealing their ball and scoring a goal!
The Virgil Van Dijk Challenge – Warm-Up Drill
Set Up The Drill
Set up a 20 x 15-yard grid using small cones. Have enough balls and bibs for one per player and set up 2 pug or pop-up goals back to back in the middle of the grid.
Choose one player to be the first Virgil Van Dijk, put them in a colored bib, and have them stand outside the grid by the coach. All the other players should stand inside the grid with a ball each. Upon the coach’s call, Virgil Van Dijk runs into the grid and tries to steal people’s balls and score in one of the goals. Once a player’s ball is in the goal, they run to the coach, quickly put a bib on and re-enter the gird as another Virgil Van Dijk. The last player with a ball wins and starts as Virgil Van Dijk in the next game. If a player leaves the grid with their ball they are also out and become a Virgil Van Djik.
Add more goals on the side of the grid to give the Virgil Van Dijks more chances to score!
- Stay in the grid.
- Use of feints, cuts, and turn moves to avoid the defender.
- When shielding the ball, keep your knees bent and your arms out to protect it.
In between each game demonstrate and have the players try out certain turn moves and shielding skills that they can use next time you play!