Help your midfielders and forwards learn to beat the offside trap and stay onside. By MIKE VINCENT MORE
Creative in the final third (U14 game)
Creative in the final third
MOVEMENT IN THE PENALTY AREA
“Look at the player you are passing to” • “Good first touch” • “Look up before you shoot” • “Move at the right times”
You can use the penalty area of your normal pitch for this or create an area 30 x 20 yards wide.
Set the players up so that three players – 1, 2 and 3 – are working around the D of the penalty area and there is a goalkeeper in goal.
Player 1 plays a one-two with player 3 and takes a shot at goal. Player 1 then turns to set up player 2 with a shot at goal.
As player 2 is trading passes with player 1, player 3 runs around the side of the penalty area and crosses the ball into the 6 yard box where the two strikers – players 1 and 2 – can try and score a goal.
Repeat this again on the other side of the pitch. Then add defenders who start next to the goal and play again. Allow all players a turn at being a striker.
How many players do I need?
We used six players plus two defenders in the progression.
Good first touch.