EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Create great strike partners

Every age group in youth soccer will, at one time or another, use twin strikers as their attacking threat. From 4v4 right up to 11v11 pairs of strikers work very well.

Twin strikers offer alternatives for movement in the final third of the pitch. They can go high and low or spread near and far post. Good support from behind and on the wings means they will have plenty of balls to feed off and to create goalscoring chances.

You can have one big and one small or two fast strikers to counter attack at pace.

Here are my sessions to help you coach two strikers with your team.

My go to session for getting my team to play with twin strikers is Working with attacking pairs. This game where players work in twos is all about shooting and recognising when to move into different zones to support the attack. It is a great way to forge a partnership with your front two.

Forging a partnership is key to getting the best out of the two players. Two up front in tandem gets your players to combine well by teaching your forwards how to communicate and develop their attacking relationship.

One short, one long is a rule used by teams that use two forwards. To disrupt defenders, one forward makes a short run towards the ball, and the other forward makes a long run into the space left by the first forward. This type of movement will create space for one of the forwards to receive a pass.

And finally to get your strike partners firing on all cylinders use Parallel lines which is a simple unopposed shooting activity that coaches strikers to receive, look up, lay off and support, the way twin attackers should be behaving in the final third.

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