The attacking soccer drills in this section aim to help you coach your players to make the most of the opportunities that come their way during a game. We look at ways to create chances for your attackers, small-sided games that will sharpen their reactions in front of goal, and tips on how to coach your attackers to be goal-machines.

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One-Two Tactic

A one-two is a passing movement used by two players in order to go beyond or between defenders. To complete a one-two: Player 1 runs forward with the ball but encounters a defender in his way, so he passes to player 2 and then continues his run past the defender. Player 2 makes a first-time […]

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1-0 down tactics

If you’re one nil down at half-time you have to be more attacking in the second half. This session will help your team adopt a more attacking mindset without overcommitting up front. Why use it When teams are losing at half-time they have to open up the opposition defence. One good tactic is to get […]

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8-player “Technical Development” game

At Real Madrid it is a basic requirement for players to feel comfortable on the ball so passing games like this are a must for developing all aspects of attacking play. Why use it Every young player in your team needs to feel comfortable to have the ball at his feet all the time – […]

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7 v 7 counter-attacking game

Use this fast and exciting training session to teach your players to recognise when a counter-attack is on. It encourages quick breakaway attacks and quick decision-making. Why use it Players get chances to score on the counter-attack and they must be quick to take advantage. Often young players will not see the overload when they […]

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5 v 5 soccer transitions drill

This is a session to teach your players how to adjust and react quickly when winning the ball so they can start counter attacks capable of catching the opposition out of position. Why use it It’s a great way to practise changes in possession and fast counter attacks. Players look to pull defences apart by […]

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Attack with width using the “crossover”

A crossover movement is made in wide areas of the pitch by three players combining passing and movement. Player 1 passes to player 2 who is in a wide area. Player 1 then makes an overlapping run, while player 2 moves inside to make a forward pass to player 3. Player 3 completes the crossover by passing into the path of player 1’s […]

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5v5 attacking with speed session

Every team needs dribblers who can attack the opposition with speed, so try this training session if you want to encourage your players to dribble with the ball like Ross Barkley. Why use it Getting players to try to beat an opponent or to accelerate away with the ball is a wonderful attacking weapon. It […]

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