This is all about teamwork and teammates using the ball or stopping opponents from winning it. Press hard and the defenders will win the three balls in the fastest time – the clock starts ticking the second the first ball is kicked so players must move quickly. MORE
The term “hungry striker” is given to an attacker who has a burning desire to score. Players like Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez are prime examples. They work hard for the team by pressuring opposition defenders in order to win the ball or force a mistake.
What this session is about
- Pressuring defenders into making mistakes.
- Reacting to winning possession.
- Quick shooting.
What to think about
Get your attackers to close defenders down quickly and “terrorise” them into making errors.
Your players can often win the ball near to the opponent’s goal and create chances to quickly shoot.
“Hungry” strikers must be positive in front of goal and single-minded when provided with a goal scoring opportunity.
Create a 40 yards by 30 yards playing area or extend a normal-size penalty area by 12 yards.
You will need to mark off a 5 yards end zone for the development phase.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|7-10 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||7-10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
One forward is placed in the centre of the playing area while the remaining players take a ball each and stand around the outside of the pitch.
To start, you call the name of the outside player who must pass to the forward in the centre. The forward must take one quick touch when receiving the ball and then immediately turn and shoot with the next touch.
Rotate players after each has had two shots.
Now the forwards should be hungry to score more. Set the pitch up so the forwards work in pairs and look to win the ball back from a team of three defenders and a goalkeeper.
The defenders receive a pass from the goalkeeper and attempt to pass to a team mate in the end zone. The two forwards must put pressure on the defenders and regain possession in order to shoot.
After the first pair of attackers have had two attempts, the next pair take over. Rotate players in defence and attack.
The grey team is keeping possession in a central zone by trying to pass to their outside target at each side of the pitch. The white attackers work together in order to pressure the grey team into giving the ball away. If the white attackers win the ball, they must shoot at one of the goals as quickly as possible.
What to call out
- “React to winning the ball”
- “How quickly can you shoot at goal?”
- “React to losing the ball and pressure the defenders”