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Defender run and pass

Defenders who run out from the back with the ball can create overload situations in midfield, making them a valuable attacking weapon.

What this session is about

  1. Moving quickly with the ball over longer distances.
  2. Attacking space.
  3. “End product” – in this drill that means a pass but it could also be a shot or cross.

What to think about

  • Is there space ahead to exploit?
  • First touch should push ball well out in front.
  • Use “laces” to push the ball.
  • Run quickly in a straight line.
  • Take as few touches as possible – 3 over 30m.
  • Head up to assess options.
  • Play an accurate, composed pass.

Set-up

Area of 40×30 metres divided into two 40×15- metre channels. Place two gates about 5-10m in from ends along the centre line.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split players into 2 groups and put at diagonal opposite ends. First player runs with the ball before passing it through a gate across the grid to the second player, who repeats the drill. Once a player has completed their pass they join the second line.

Practice running with the ball and passing on the move.

Practice running with the ball and passing on the move.


Development

Both groups start with a ball at the same time. After the player controls the ball, the next player immediately behind them in the group gives chase. Make sure players alternate running with the ball and chasing.

Chasing players add extra pressure to the drill.

Chasing players add extra pressure to the drill.


Game situation

Play 6v6 in an area approx 50x40m split into three zones, with 3 defenders plus a goalkeeper playing 2 attackers in the two outer zones. After two passes any one of the defenders can break out with the ball into the middle and attacking thirds of the pitch. Once the opposition regains possession the defender returns to the defensive third. If the ball goes out of play or a goal is scored play restarts with the goalkeeper.

One of the defenders sees an opportunity to break out of the defending third at pace.

One of the defenders sees an opportunity to break out of the defending third at pace.


What to call out

  • “Good first touch to get the ball out of your feet”
  • “Be positive”
  • “Can you get to top speed?”
  • “Head up”
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