I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but your midfield really is the engine of your team. Your midfielders need the energy and vision to create and drive attacks and the determination and awareness to provide defensive cover. And it’s up to you to equip your players with the skills and technique necessary to... MORE
Play and run
This week’s session is designed to improve your players’ ability to play forward passes and run off the ball into attacking areas.
What this session is about
- Passing forward.
- Running off the pass.
- Creating opportunities to score.
What to think about
The best players can manipulate the ball to create space going forward. When passing forward, the job is not complete – the player must now run off the ball and into attacking areas to receive a return pass.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||10-15 minutes||15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Mark out a 25-yard square. Put manned goals 10 yards outside the square facing each other. Players start on all four corners. You stay to the side and serve in balls when needed.
To start, a player runs to receive a pass from you. The player passes to a team mate in the corner, runs forward to get the ball back and shoot at goal.
The player making the return pass now enters the area and receives a second pass from the coach to repeat the activity in the opposite direction.
After shooting, the player goes to a new corner and waits to combine with a team mate.
In the same playing area, play 2v2 inside the square. You pass to one team who have to use the players on the corner to create space. After passing, an attacker looks to get the ball back outside the square and fire in a shot.
Once a shot is made or a goal scored, two new players from each team enter to create a new 2v2.
Continue on the same pitch.
Play 4v4 with each team having one player on an opposite corner.
The aim for each team is to complete four consecutive passes and play forward to one of their corner players. The player who receives the final pass can now dribble forward to score.