In the latest return to play guidelines you can easily work within the rules with your striker and goalkeeper – two key positions in the team. The focus can be on either player, but I am going to give my striker a workout which the goalkeeper can also learn from. I am always looking beyond... MORE
First to the ball attacks the goal
This 2v1 session has players practicing a range of attacking techniques, including passing and shooting.
What this session is about
- 2v1 attacking – creating space, and subsequently a goalscoring opportunity with a one-person advantage.
What to think about
- Attacking principles – committing the defender, accurate and quick passing, positive first touch, making use of width.
- Combination play/movement – wall pass, overlap, dummy runs to beat defenders.
- Communication – verbal, eye-contact, signals
- Good shooting technique
- Follow the shot and look for rebounds
- Approx 60 x 40 yards.
- 2 goals plus 2 goalkeepers.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Split players into two groups, with each team lined up just either side of the halfway line on the touchline.
A player from each team stands the far side of the centre circle, in the opposite half of the pitch to their team-mates.
Roll a ball towards the centre circle for the first player from each team to chase. The first to reach the ball attacks the goal in the opposite half, using their team-mate to create a 2v1 against the opposition player who was beaten to the ball.
Give the attacking team a set period of time to score, say 15 seconds. Once the time has elapsed, or the attack ends, rotate the players.
The drill is repeated with the next two players in line.
This time the fourth player on the pitch can become active to create a 2v2 after, say 5 seconds.
Play 4v4 on a pitch approximately 30×20 yards with 2 goalkeepers.
The first player from one team enters the pitch and has three touches to score against the goalkeeper.
Immediately after this ball has been played, two players from the opposition enter the pitch to create a 2v1 situation against the starting player. After each attack two more players join until the final player enters the pitch to create a 4v4.
The next game starts with the other team attacking first.
What to call out
- “Use the space”
- “Move for your partner”
- “Play with your head up”