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High and low striker

This practice shows the advantage of forwards playing off each other and develops combinations with the wide midfielders.

What this session is about

  1. Playing with a deep line striker.
  2. Getting attackers involved in the build-up.

What to think about

  • A deep line attacker will only be effective if your midfielders can quickly get up to support play.
  • The attacker has to quickly get themselves into a dangerous position closer to goal once they have played their part in the build up. Else the wide player will have no targets to aim for.

Set-up

40×30 yard area with goals at opposite ends.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Player A passes to the grey attacker who sets the white attacker. The white attacker then plays a ball into space for player A to score, immediately player B passes into the white attacker who sets the grey attacker, the grey attacker now passes into player B’s path to shoot. For the next game player A and B take the place of the attackers.

The attackers combine to release the wide players for a shot.

The attackers combine to release the wide players for a shot.


Development

Using the same formula as above, player A is now played wider and crosses for the grey attacker to score. Player B passes to the red attacker who sets back to the grey attacker (he must recover from attacking the previous cross) the grey attacker passes back to player B who crosses for the white attacker to spin and score from the cross. For the next game A and B take the place of the attackers.

The attackers combine to release the wide player for a cross which the high line attacker attacks.

The attackers combine to release the wide player for a cross which the high line attacker attacks.


Game situation

Play a small sided game with extra width to encourage crossing. Team’s score a bonus point if the attacker is involved in the build up to a cross from which the team scores.

The attacker recovers to combine again and release the opposite wide player for a cross.

The attacker recovers to combine again and release the opposite wide player for a cross.


What to call out

  • “On toes to receive”
  • “Run off the ball”
  • “Match pace”
  • “Low hard crosses”
  • “Can we play first time”
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