INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

A disguised pass

A disguised pass will often outwit an opponent and can lead to a goal. It will also help your players keep possession of the ball so no goals can be scored against your team. Here’s how to improve your players’ abilities to execute this move.

What this session is about

  1.  Keeping possession.
  2.  Disguise passing.
  3.  Back heels, “takes”, “look-aways” and reverse passing.

What to think about

  •  At the top level of football, teams now defend closer to their goal to reduce the space that an opponent has to attack.
  •  This means your team needs players who are capable of producing moments of creativity to create and score goals.
  •  The use of disguise in a pass can often lead to unlocking the opponent’s defence so developing these skills in training sessions is crucial.

Set-up

Set up the cones and split the squad into two lines as in the top picture. Players complete various disguised passes to make their way across the area.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

They have to:

  1. Dribble diagonally and outside the central gate then make a reverse pass to a team mate at the opposite starting point.
  2. Dribble to the centre gate and as a team mate runs past in the opposite direction, back heel the ball for the team mate to run on to and dribble to the end.
  3. Dribble to the centre gate and complete a “look-away” pass to a team mate who runs from the opposite end on the outside. This pass is completed by looking where the team mate is and then at the point of making the pass, look in a different direction as the ball is released.
  4. Dribble to the centre gate and meet a team mate at the middle, leave the ball and let the team mate “take” the ball in the opposite direction.

Players join the back of each queue when they reach the opposite end.

Players dribble a ball across the area and perform disguise passes. Shown here are skills 1 and 2.

Players dribble a ball across the area and perform disguise passes. Shown here are skills 1 and 2.


Development

Set up a small-sided game using two teams. Each team places three attackers in one half and three defenders in the opposite half, as in the middle picture.

You stand in the central zone and use a disguised pass toward a set of attackers to begin the game. These attackers try to combine and score a goal.

Encourage the players to use the new skills learnt to outwit the opposition and score a goal. If the defenders win the ball, they pass to their attackers in the other half so they can build an attack.

If the ball goes out of play or a goal is scored, you begin the game again from the centre.

You start the game in the central zone. Attackers try to use disguise passes to each other to try and score.

You start the game in the central zone. Attackers try to use disguise passes to each other to try and score.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game with two teams but award double goals for using disguise on a pass that leads to a goal being scored.

Use normal rules such as corners, throw-ins and free kicks. Encourage the players to be inventive with this final pass and you may be surprised at the different variations the players come up with in order to score goals.

Goals scored which use a disguised pass as the final ball before a shot count as double.

Goals scored which use a disguised pass as the final ball before a shot count as double.


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