If you want to see how your players could perform in a midfield sweeper role, use this realistic session to help them become comfortable playing in tight areas. MORE
This fast-paced session will develop players’ movement and passing as well as their control, skill and awareness.
What this session is about
- Movement off the ball.
What to think about
Players should display good:
- Movement – pulling away at an angle and cutting back quickly into the space created.
- Passing – quick and accurate.
- First touches – which put the ball into space.
- Awareness – by watching the movement of ball and players. They need to know where to travel to before the ball arrives.
- Ability to receive the ball – body half-turned to receive with the “back foot” (see Smart Sessions Core 179).
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What you get your players to do
Play 2v2 inside the circle, with two neutral players, who play for the team in possession, outside the circle, as shown in the top picture.
Teams earn a point for completing five consecutive passes. After two minutes, neutral players switch roles with one of the competing teams.
Increase the size of the circle to 18 yards in diameter and place two cones in the centre, as shown in the middle picture.
Now play 3v3. Teams try to score in the cone goal from either side. Start with three-touch and as players become more proficient at passing, reduce the number of touches allowed.
Restart with a pass-in if the ball goes out of play.
Play 4v4 on a pitch which has two cone goals, as in the bottom picture.
Make sure there is enough room for play to develop along the touchlines as well as between the two sets of cone goals. Set up more areas for other players.
Teams can score in any of the goals after a minimum of five passes with their team mates.
Remind players that quick passing and movement will lead to more scoring opportunities.
Also they should use their imagination and try to use all the available space. This way the ball does the work and tires the opposition out.