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Movements to lose a defender

This session is designed to improve movement off the ball in order to lose a defender and receive a pass.

What this session is about

  1. Improving the range of movements used to receive a pass.
  2. Improving movements to lose a defender.

What to think about

Often attackers are marked closely, therefore they must develop a range of movements in order to gain some space to receive a pass or create some space for a different team mate to receive the ball.

Set-up

  • 20 x 20 yard area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

One player starts in the centre square with one player on each side of the larger square.

The centre player moves to one edge of the square before moving to a different edge to receive the ball and dribble out.

These movements can be away and back to feet, to feet and away to space, left to right or right to left.

The player who made the pass moves into the centre square for the next go.

Movements to receive. The player moves left to right.

Movements to receive. The player moves left to right.


Development

Add four mini goals and a defender.

The attacker must make a movement to lose the defender and receive a pass. They then try to score in any of the mini goals using a maximum of two touches.

Movement is used to lose a defender and score a goal.

Movement is used to lose a defender and score a goal.


Game situation

In the penalty area play three attackers against two defenders.
The three attackers must move to receive a pass (one attacker will always be free to receive).
Once the ball enters the penalty area the players must try to shoot at goal as quickly as possible.

Play 3v2 in the penalty area to recreate a game situation.

Play 3v2 in the penalty area to recreate a game situation.


What to call out

  • “Two movement, one for the defender and one for the ball”
  • “Work at match speed”
  • “Take your first touch into space”
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