INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Score a goal (U14 activity)

ATTACKING 5

Score a goal

NEAR AND FAR POST ATTACK

“Hit the target” • “Good first touch” • “Look up before you shoot” • “Understand where to move”

Use the penalty area of your normal pitch – split the session into near post and far post work.

NEAR POST Work at first with the near post, on the right side of the six yard box looking at the goal. Using just three attacking players to begin with, and construct a move that involves a one-two on the wing before a cross into the box for a finish.

FAR POST A variation on that first set-up introduces the far post, on the left side of the six-yard pitch as we look at the goal. With no live opponents, the technique of crossing, passing and finishing is much easier to be coached. The cross now is much deeper so the attacker changes his run.

Once repetition of the cross and finish has seen players (notably the strikers) become comfortable with the concept of near and far post, replace the mannequin with a working defender.

How many players do I need?

We used four players for the session – plus one player for the progression.

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