EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

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

  1.  Passing forward.
  2.  Running off the pass.
  3.  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.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes15 minutes10-15 minutes10 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.

You pass the ball to an attacker. He plays a 1-2 with the end player and shoots for goal.

You pass the ball to an attacker. He plays a 1-2 with the end player and shoots for goal.


Development

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.

Play 2v2. You pass to one team who use the end players to create openings for a shot.

Play 2v2. You pass to one team who use the end players to create openings for a shot.


Game situation

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.

Play 4v4. After four consecutive passes a corner player releases a striker to score.

Play 4v4. After four consecutive passes a corner player releases a striker to score.


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