EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Penetrate the final third (U11 activity)

ATTACKING 4

Penetrate the final third

COMBINE TO SUPPORT

“Look at the player you are passing to” • “Good first touch” • “Look up before you shoot” • “Move at the right times”

Use the final third of your 9v9 pitch with two rows of players just outside the penalty box – one row are attackers the other defenders. You also need a wall passer on the edge of the area and a goalkeeper.

The first attacker passes to the first defender and then overlaps behind him. The defender passes to the wall passer who lays the ball off to the overlapping attacker to shoot.

The defender then sprints around the wall passer and tries to stop the attacker from getting a shot away.

The first attacker takes the wall passer’s place and the wall passer joins the back of the attacking line.

See how many goals the attackers score. Switch roles after they have all gone twice.

How many players do I need?

We used eight players but it is easy to run with more or fewer players.

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