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Playing with your back to goal

This practice improves attackers’ understanding and skills with their backs to goal.

What this session is about

  1.  Playing with your back to goal.
  2.  Keeping possession.

What to think about

  •  Is the turn realistic?
  •  Does the receiving player make an angle to receive the ball?
  •  Is the player receiving communication from his teammates?
  •  Is the right decision being made? Pass back to teammate or try to turn and beat the defender.

Set-up

40 x 30 yard area.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Players pass into the middle player who must turn and dribble out, the passing player then becomes the new middle player. To progress the session, the player in the middle now sets the ball back for the starting player and spins to receive a second pass before dribbling out.

Start with a simple practice receiving and turning.

Start with a simple practice receiving and turning.


Development

Add a defender behind the attacker.

  •  If the attacker passes back to the serving player then a 2nd defender can run out to make a 2 v 2 situation.
  •  If the attacker does not pass back he must try to turn and beat the defender to get a shot at goal.
Add combinations as the forward and midfielder exchange passes.

Add combinations as the forward and midfielder exchange passes.


Game situation

Play a normal game, instruct players that a goal can only be scored after a pass into a forward’s feet. This will see lots of 1v1s with the attackers facing away from goal.

The attacker must decide whether to turn or lay the ball back to a teammate.

The attacker must decide whether to turn or lay the ball back to a teammate.


What to call out

  •  “Show disguise and variation on turns”
  •  “Don’t wait for the ball to reach you”
  •  “Match speed”
  •  “Get the ball under control first”
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