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
Flooding the penalty area
This session aims to improve the movement of your forwards when getting into the opponents box in order to score from a cross.
What this session is about
- The forwards working together to make different runs.
- Midfielders getting into the box.
- Covering all areas of the box to give your team the maximum chance of scoring a goal.
What to think about
When the ball is in wide areas you must have players getting into the penalty area if you are going to score from crosses.
In addition its vitally important that the players make different runs so that they are covering the whole of the penalty area, giving your team the best chance of scoring a goal.
Make sure players are communicating their movements. This ensures the forwards do not all run to the same area. It also helps the midfielder decide where to aim.
- 40 yards x 70 yards area.
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What you get your players to do
The midfielder must play a pass into space for the wide player to run and cross the ball.
The two forwards must make a crossover run to get into the box so that one is attacking the near post and one is attacking the far post.
Now add a midfielder to the practice for the attacking team and two defenders to play against the two forwards.
The inclusion of the midfielder gives the attacking team a 3v2 on the cross.
This type of late running midfielder getting into the box is in the mould of Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard. Arriving late often makes players more difficult to track and mark effectively.
Progress to include a midfielder for the defending team and a second midfielder joins the attacking team. You act as a server.
Pass into the attacking team who must make three passes before passing to the wing.
Now the two forwards are joined by one midfielder in the box and one midfielder on the edge of the box for any knockdowns or clearances.
What to call out
- “Get the cross into the box early”
- “Time your runs”
- “Attack the different areas”