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Attacking front and back

This session is about developing players that are capable of scoring goals in a range of match situations.

What this session is about

Scoring goals when:

  1. Running onto a through ball
  2. Receiving a pass facing the goal
  3. Receiving a pass with your back to goal

What to think about

The world’s best attacking footballers such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,  are capable of scoring goals from a range of situations.

It is this quality which makes them so valuable to their teams and so dangerous for their opponents. This practice aims to break down three match situations in order to give your players the skills and experience to be successful in these areas.

Set-up

  • 30x20yd area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

To start the keeper rolls a ball onto the pitch for the attacker to run onto and shoot at the goal opposite.

Immediately the striker turns to receive a pass from a defender and tries to beat them to score in the other goal.

Now the striker turns again and receives a pass from the coach with their back to play. The attacker must now try to turn the defender and score in the same goal.

First, try to score from a through ball.

First, try to score from a through ball.


Development

To add an element of competition you can put players against the clock.

Who can score from all 3 chances in the fastest time? Can they improve on their personal best if you revisit this session later in the season?

Then receive a pass from a defender and beat them to score.

Then receive a pass from a defender and beat them to score.


Game situation

Play a small sided game (4v4 or 5v5).

Each team has a player nominated as the “ultimate striker”. If this player scores a goal from good attacking play then the goal is worth double.

Make sure that each player has a chance to be the ultimate striker for, say, 4-5 minutes, depending on the number of players.

Finally, try to turn the defender to complete a hat-trick of goals.

Finally, try to turn the defender to complete a hat-trick of goals.


What to call out

  • “Be ruthless and score a goal”
  • “Work at match speed”
  • “Be direct”
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