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Attacking free kicks
This session is designed to improve your team’s chance of scoring from attacking free-kicks from a range of different situations.
What this session is about
Improving the chances of scoring from free-kicks in various positions.
What to think about
When watching top level football, every game seems to involve a goal scored from a set piece situation.
This shows how important free-kicks and corners are to the final outcome of matches.
Therefore it’s vital that you spend adequate time developing this aspect of the game in training sessions
- Half a pitch.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
The coach takes the players through the three main types of attacking free-kick that they are likely to score from in games.For instance, on wide free kicks you should have two players on the ball as this will keep the opponents guessing on whether you will use an in-swing or out-swing cross.
- The direct central free-kick.
- The indirect central free-kick.
- The wide free kick. In each of these areas you should discuss with the players ways in which they can score.
Now play a small sided game, while the game is being played you should carry a 2nd ball under your arm.
On your call place the ball and award a free-kick to a team of your choice. Immediately the players must react to this situation.
You can also determine whether the free kick is direct or indirect.
Play a normal game and award free kicks as and when they occur.
What to call out
- “Take your time”
- “Get two players on the ball”
- “Can you be clever”