Getting players to time their runs into the penalty area should be a key part of your attacking strategy when you are working with your team. If you are planning what you are going to do when you get back on the training pitch this should be in your plans. It catches opponents out – especially in the key age groups U10-U14.
In the older age groups you should be able to single out players who should be working on their runs timing them to arrive late at corners or attacking situations where they are not picked up as they run into the danger zones.
Download these two key activities and get your players working on them as soon as you can.
You can use a session like Time your runs to coach strikers to burst into the penalty area with well-timed runs to latch onto killer passes that split defences and leave strikers 1v1 with the goalkeeper giving them a great chance to score a goal.
My other favourite session to get players to time their runs into the penalty area with quick thinking and movement to create space is Running late which is a great game for strikers concentrating and getting an advantage in the most dangerous part of the pitch.
I have also linked a couple of podcasts for you to listen to. Look out for my latest podcast with coach Tony Mee coming out later this week. I discuss Tony’s session which is featured in the latest issue of Elite Soccer with him.
In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Rick Meana about his coaching education programme that covers philosophy, methodology and how the youth players are educated with fun, a sense of belonging, development and the best way to discipline out of line players: MORE
In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Steve Scott about the benefits of playing Futsal, tactics and techniques used, the individual skills used and the coaching challenges he faces with the USAFF C15 boys national team as he gets the squad ready for the World Cup in Paraguay later this year MORE
Use this fun training game to ensure your players are both quick-thinking and quick into the box for a shooting chance. Players must think quickly so they can be first to the ball and shoot. It's a great game for concentration, balance and movement. MORE
Use this lively attacking session to coach your strikers to burst into the penalty area with well-timed runs to latch onto killer passes that split defences and leave your striker 1v1 with the goalkeeper. MORE
This session places an emphasis on midfield units staying compact and being hard to penetrate when out of possession. It identifies specific defensive roles for midfield players making them more compact and difficult to penentrate MORE
A fun game that will encourage your defenders to be calm on the ball and confident in their passing. Having a defender cool enough to keep calm under pressure is an asset. This activity will help stop your defenders from panicking. MORE
Use this session to help defenders to decide whether to hold up play or win the ball when outnumbered, often the attacker will have their head down looking at the ball – the defender can hold a goalside position so the attacker has to look up which is the best time to force a mistake MORE
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