In the latest return to play guidelines you can easily work within the rules with your striker and goalkeeper – two key positions in the team. The focus can be on either player, but I am going to give my striker a workout which the goalkeeper can also learn from. I am always looking beyond... MORE
This session aims improve your players when they are receiving the ball with their back to goal. Can the players turn and beat the defender? Can they hold the ball and then bring their team mates into the game?
What this session is about
- Movements to receive the ball.
- Ability to hold off a defender and then turn.
- Getting your head up to bring team mates into the game.
What to think about
Attackers often receive the ball under pressure and with their back to the goal.
When this happens the players must have the confidence to receive the ball and hold off the defender in order to turn and shoot or to bring supporting midfielders into the game.
- 30 yards x 20 yards area.
- Divide your players into two lines, attackers and defenders.
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What you get your players to do
Pass the ball into the attacker who must try to turn and score in one of the two goals (marked A in the picture).
If the defender wins possession they can score in the two goals opposite (marked D in the picture).
Divide your players into three groups. The third player stands where you had been in the first part of the session. They will play as supporting midfielders. The supporting midfielder passes to the attacker. The attacker can now hold off the defender and then pass back to allow the midfielder to join the game for a 2v1 situation. Or they can try to turn and shoot.
Include a second defender so that when the midfielder enters the pitch the game becomes a 2v2 situation.
Using cones you can set up a couple of pitches and play simultaneously with teams taking turns to attack and defend.
What to call out
- “Movement to receive”
- “Be strong and protect the ball”
- “Get your head up and look to turn or pass”