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Attacking centrally and wide

This session develops attacking play from both central and wide positions. Your team should firstly look to attack through the centre as that is the quickest way to the goal. However, opponents will often block these areas and therefore your team must know how to attack down the wide areas too.

What this session is about

  1. Attacking in central areas.
  2. Attacking in wide areas.
  3. Creating chances to score from both wide and central areas.

What to think about

When a central midfielder is dribbling forward to attack it is important that your forwards make runs to receive a pass and disrupt the defence in order to combine and score a goal.

However, your opponent will often compact the central areas with lots of defenders, therefore your team will often have to use the wide areas.

The attackers must now ensure they lose their markers and get into the box in order to score from the cross once the ball has been moved wide.

Set-up

  •  30 x 30yd area for the session expanding to a 40 x 30yd area for the development and game.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Two forwards and two defenders start in the playing area.

The forwards must find space to receive a pass from the midfielder.

The midfielder joins the forwards to attack 3v2 and try to score.

The attackers cannot move outside the width of the penalty area. If they do so the defenders have won the battle.

The midfielder joins the attackers to make a 3v2.

The midfielder joins the attackers to make a 3v2.


Development

The midfielder must now pass into one of the forwards before making a supporting run to join the play.

The midfielder and two attackers must play the ball out to one of the wide players (N) and then get into the box in order to score from the cross.

The attackers combine to get the ball wide for a cross.

The attackers combine to get the ball wide for a cross.


Game situation

Each team has a different tactic in the game. One team has an extra player on the pitch and attempts to build up and score through the centre of the pitch. The other team has two extra players outside of the pitch in wide areas. This team tries to build up and score from crosses.

The white team use their wide advantage, the greys use their central advantage.

The white team use their wide advantage, the greys use their central advantage.


What to call out

  • “Attack at speed”
  • “Make runs off the ball to lose the defenders”
  • “Can you get a shot at goal?”
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