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Find the gaps

Improving your players’ vision and awareness when passing the ball can help create goalscoring opportunities for the team. Soon your players will be able to see and execute passes into the gaps between the opponent’s defenders.

What this session is about

  1.  Passing.
  2.  Vision when in possession.
  3.  Movement off the ball.

What to think about

When the team is in possession, players must have their heads up and look for gaps in the opponent’s defence.

The player in possession must look to pass the ball through these gaps for team mates to run behind opposing defenders and create chances.

Players not in possession need to be on the move constantly to create space to receive a pass and to disrupt the opponent’s defence.

However, you must encourage your players to be patient in possession and circulate the ball with quick, short passes. If players try to pass forward too often, the opponent’s defence will decide to remain compact and narrow to not allow gaps. Therefore, the team must be patient and wait for the correct opportunities.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out two four-yard squares each with cones inside it to create gaps, as shown in the top picture. Use four players per square.

Each player goes outside the cones with one player on the left, right, top and bottom lines of the square. The game is played for three sets of three minutes.

The aim is for the players to pass continuously with one-touch. Players must pass through the gates in front, to the left or to the right.

If a player hits a cone or misses the gate, they are awarded a penalty point.

The two players with most penalty points at the end of the game move to the other square and swap with the players who have the fewest points.

Four players use one-touch passes to play the ball to each other through gaps. Penalty points are earned by hitting a cone.

Four players use one-touch passes to play the ball to each other through gaps. Penalty points are earned by hitting a cone.


Development

Mark out a bigger area and add five cone gate goals that are each four yards apart. Again use two teams, each consisting of four players.

Teams try to keep possession and score “goals” by passing the ball through the gates to a team mate. Teams must score through a different gate for each point so they are not allowed to make quick onetwo wall passes through the same gate.

Encourage the players to remain patient in possession and move the ball quickly to create chances to score a goal.

Teams earn points when players pass to each other through cone gates.

Teams earn points when players pass to each other through cone gates.


Game situation

Mark out an area, split into three zones, and add mannequins/poles, as shown in the bottom picture.

Play a small-sided game where most of the action takes place in the middle zone.

The aim of this game is to play a pass through the gaps created by the mannequins/poles and behind the opponent’s defence for a team mate to run on to and shoot at goal.

To progress, implement a rule where all passes into the gaps/space must be made with a one-touch pass. If the ball goes out of play, restart with a pass-in. The team that scores most goals wins.

Goals can be scored by passing through the mannequins/poles to release a team mate for a shot.

Goals can be scored by passing through the mannequins/poles to release a team mate for a shot.


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