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2 v 1 Attacking choice

This practice includes different 2 v 1 choice games. The player in possession passes to a team mate of his choice and then supports to make a 2 v 1 situation.

What this session is about

  1.  This session is about decision making in different aspects of play.
  2.  Players should always have a choice of passes to make so movement and support is vital.

What to think about

  • Does the player support their initial pass? Do they go towards the player in possession or make a run into space?
  • In the first practice look for the passing player to provide closer support, while in the second your players will ideally make a looping run that brings them back onside before running into space to receive a pass.

Set-up

  •  40 x 30 yard grid.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The player passes to a forward of their choice. The non-receiving player reacts quickly to defend the 2 v 1 (picture 1). In the next progression, to encourage the starting player to think about a good supporting run, the player passes back to a forward of their choice and must run back to get onside before joining his team mate for a 2 v 1. The non receiving player become the defender (picture 2).

The starting player chooses a teammate to attack with; the other player becomes the defender.

The starting player chooses a teammate to attack with; the other player becomes the defender.


Development

The coach passes across to the middle player who passes to a teammate of his choice and a 2 v 1 commences. The 2 players attack the goal facing the player who receives the pass (the top goal in picture 3). After each practice the defender becomes the new passing player for the next turn.

The starting player must get back onside before combining to score.

The starting player must get back onside before combining to score.


Game situation

Play a game and look for situations where players can use a 2 v 1 against a defender. To do this the players must support passes, makes runs off the ball and look for one-twos and overlaps. To get more 2 v 1 situations you can limit the number of defensive players allowed in the final third of the pitch.

By adding another goal the starting player can choose which direction to attack.

By adding another goal the starting player can choose which direction to attack.


What to call out

  •  “Work with each other”
  •  “Show imagination”
  •  “Keep the ball moving”
  •  “Support the player in possession”
  •  “How quickly can you shoot at goal”
  •  “Don’t ball watch”
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