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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.
  • Shooting

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

Set-up

  • Approx 60 x 40 yards.
  • 2 goals plus 2 goalkeepers.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 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.

The players chase your pass and try to reach the ball first.

The players chase your pass and try to reach the ball first.


Development

This time the fourth player on the pitch can become active to create a 2v2 after, say 5 seconds.

The player that gets to the ball attacks 2v1 with their team mate.

The player that gets to the ball attacks 2v1 with their team mate.


Game situation

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.

In the development the remaining player acts as a recovering defender.

In the development the remaining player acts as a recovering defender.


What to call out

  • “Use the space”
  • “Move for your partner”
  • “Play with your head up”
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