If you want to see how your players could perform in a midfield sweeper role, use this realistic session to help them become comfortable playing in tight areas. MORE
Create space to receive a pass
By creating space before receiving a pass, a player will avoid immediate pressure, and so give themselves time to make good decisions with the ball and execute them.
What this session is about
- Creating time and space.
- Losing a marker
What to think about
- Move away at an angle so the defender follows.
- Cut back quickly into the space created, leaving the defender trailing.
- Accelerate into space.
- Move too soon or too late to receive the pass and the space might be closed down.
- Communication – verbal, eye contact, movement.
- Variation – attack space behind defender.
- Approx 10 x 15m area.
- 3 players – 1 server, 1 attacker, 1 defender.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|7-10 minutes||20-25 minutes||10-15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
The forward takes up a position facing the server with a defender, who is passive to begin with, marking behind. The forward creates space before receiving a pass from the server. The practice ends with the forward in control of the ball.
Rotate players so everyone practices being the forward.
Set up a playing area 30 x 20m. Put one server at each corner outside the playing area, with a ball for each. The other players pair up inside the playing area, with one being the attacker and the other the defender. The forward must get free of their defender, receive a ball from any server and play it back without losing possession.
Progressions include the forward taking two or three touches before returning the ball, and returning the ball to a different server. Make sure to rotate players.
Play 2v2 in an area approx 30 x 20m, with a target player at each end. A team wins a point for moving the ball from one target player to the second one without losing possession. The opponents win possession by tackling or intercepting the ball, or if it goes out of play. Target players can move along their line and should be rotated throughout.
What to call out
- “Passing must be good”
- “Concentrate on your control as well as your movement”
- “If the defender doesn’t follow, you’ve made space just by moving”