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Find a yard

You can help improve your players’ ability to wrong-foot and bamboozle an opponent in 1v1 situations. The aim is to find a yard of space in order to shoot or pass to a team mate.

What this session is about

  1.  1v1 attacking.
  2.  Finding a yard of space to cross or shoot.
  3.  Expressing yourself by using different skills and disguise.

What to think about

Almost all goals are scored in the final third of the pitch. This is also the area in which teams defend with lots of numbers and with high-intensity pressing or man marking.

This means your training sessions must develop the skills and confidence in your players to be able to beat defenders in this type of environment.

All players need an ability to find a yard of space by wrong-footing their opponent with skill or disguise.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes20 minutes10 minutes7 minutes

What you get your players to do

Use a penalty area for this drill. You need a goalkeeper (G), server (S), attacker (A), defender (D) and a forward (F).

To start, the server passes to the attacker, who tries to dribble the ball down the edge of the penalty area and cross the ball for the forward to shoot at goal.

The defender must try to match the attacker’s movement and block the cross.

Encourage the attacker to use changes in speed, disguise movements and skills in order to find a yard of space to be able to get his cross in cleanly.

A server (S) provides an attacker (A) a chance to beat the defender (D) and cross for the forward (F).

A server (S) provides an attacker (A) a chance to beat the defender (D) and cross for the forward (F).


Development

To progress, the forward is removed but the attacker tries to find a yard in front of the goal following a pass from the server.

The same rules apply with the attacker working outside the box and the defender working inside the box, as shown in the middle picture.

After each turn, the attacker becomes the defender and vice versa.

Now the attacker (A) has to find a yard and beat the defender (D) to shoot at goal.

Now the attacker (A) has to find a yard and beat the defender (D) to shoot at goal.


Game situation

Mark out an area with a goal at each end. Use two teams.

Each team has a goalkeeper and five outfield players. Normal football rules are used in the game – including offside.

The only difference is that players are not allowed to pass backwards in the game.

This forces players to pass the ball forward or use a skill then play forward to a team mate or dribble past their opponent. The team that scores most goals wins.

All passes must be forward in this small-sided game so players are encouraged to take on and beat opponents.

All passes must be forward in this small-sided game so players are encouraged to take on and beat opponents.


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