EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Movement to lose your marker

Use this session to improve movement off the ball in order to find space or to receive a pass.

What this session is about

  1.  Movement off the ball.
  2.  Creating space to receive.
  3.  Losing your marker.

What to think about

Your attackers must be experts at hiding from defenders by standing behind, on the side or moving in and out of the defender’s eyesight.

The best attackers are always on the move and changing their position on the field in relation to the ball.

At the right moment, attackers quickly change speed and arrive in space to receive the ball away from the defender.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
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What you get your players to do

Play 1v1 in a 20×10-yard area with a neutral player at both ends who play for the attacker in possession.

To start, a neutral passes to the attacker in the middle who must use movement to lose the marker, receive the ball and pass to the neutral at the other end to score a goal. If successful, he gets another attack. If the defender gets the ball, he switches with a neutral.

The aim is to score three goals to win the game.

Rotate players at regular intervals.

The attacker moves to receive a pass from a neutral player then looks to pass to the other neutral player.

The attacker moves to receive a pass from a neutral player then looks to pass to the other neutral player.


Development

Using the same size area, place a goal and goalkeeper at each end line.

Now place four neutral players on the sides of the pitch (two each side) with balls at their feet.

Now play 1v1. The attacker receives a ball from an outside server (number them 1 to 4). The attacker uses good movement to lose the defender and receive the pass. The attacker is limited to two touches so must create enough space to shoot first time from the pass or to control and shoot.

The attacker is free to score in either goal.

The game is played for two halves of four balls with the attacker receiving one pass from each of the servers. The attacker and defender rotate roles for the second half.

The attackers’ movement creates space to shoot after a pass from one of the four neutrals.

The attackers’ movement creates space to shoot after a pass from one of the four neutrals.


Game situation

Play 3v3 plus keepers using the same size area. Outfielders play 1v1 and therefore, man mark an opponent.

This forces the players to use good movements in order to lose opponents and receive the ball to score.

Teams play 3v3 - 1v1 man marking - and must lose the tight markers to receive the ball, shoot and score.

Teams play 3v3 - 1v1 man marking - and must lose the tight markers to receive the ball, shoot and score.


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