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Between the lines

This session is designed to improve playing between the lines. This means getting players and passes into the spaces created by the opponent’s chosen formation.

What this session is about

  1.  Improving awareness of space.
  2.  Improving forward passing.
  3.  Improving attacking play.

What to think about

You can cause real problems for the opposition by placing players between the lines of the opponent’s midfield and defence. The defenders will not know whether to come forward and mark the players which can leave a forward free to receive a pass. And the opponent’s midfielders will not want to drop deep as this will leave your midfielders free.

Players that play in these zones are often the most exciting players to watch (Rooney, Joe Cole, Messi etc.)

Set-up

  •  50 x 30 yard area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Three teams of three players.

One team work as the neutrals with one player on each end line and one in the middle.

The aim of this game is to combine with your team mates and the neutral player in order to get the ball from one end to the other.

The shaded areas show the spaces between the lines in a 4-4-2 formation.

The shaded areas show the spaces between the lines in a 4-4-2 formation.


Development

Now play a small-sided game where each team has three attackers and three defenders.

When the defenders are in possession, one of their team’s attackers must pull into the free zone in order to receive a pass beyond the opponent’s attackers but in front of its defence.

Now the player is free to turn and attack to score.

The white team pass the ball from one end to the other to score a goal.

The white team pass the ball from one end to the other to score a goal.


Game situation

Play a normal game.

Encourage players in possession to make forward passes.

Encourage players not in possession to play on the half-turn with open shoulders, this will enable them to see space on the pitch.

The white defenders pass between the lines to a white attacker who turns to dribble forward.

The white defenders pass between the lines to a white attacker who turns to dribble forward.


What to call out

  • “Open your shoulders and look for space”
  • “Try to pass forward”
  • “Try to move behind the opponents”
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