EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

4 ways to get more assists for your team

One of the biggest pointers to how well your attacking support players are doing is the number of assists they get each match. When you assess how your team is playing don’t forget the ones that are passing to the goalscorers because they are a very important part of your team. The unselfish ones who never get the glory but set up goals from all over the pitch.

Here are my tips for getting more of your players to make assists during the season.

To get your players to create more chances to score with brilliant assists you need to set up situations in training where they can experience this. Four square provides plenty of opportunities to make clever passes and set up play around the goal area.

A great session to use for helping with assists is The key player which gives you the tools to coach a key player in your team to set up plays and unlock the opposition’s defence. Balls played into space beyond the defenders and into wide positions are encouraged, as are quick passing moves.

Now try this small sided game called 3v3v3 central and wide advantage which will show your team the benefits of having two types of attack – an additional attacker in the centre of the pitch will force your team to work on quick combination play in central areas and additional players in wide areas will force your team to play more wide passes where crosses can be made into the opponent’s box.

A great player who gets lots of assists is World Cup winner Paul Pogba – he runs the game for his team. Try this game Run games like Paul Pogba to have your players getting points for assists and for scoring goals – it’s a fast game, played at pace and will give your players a good test.

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