EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Receiving under pressure

Players need to know how to create space for themselves when tightly marked and feel relaxed receiving the ball in these situations. These skills must be developed in training.

What this session is about

The ability and confidence to receive a pass when marked closely.

What to think about

Confidence plays a big part.

Often players will only call for the ball when they are lots of space. However, watching the top professionals they will see that they are comfortable receiving the ball to feet with very little room for manoeuvre.

Set-up

  • 30x30yd area (split into 3, 30x10yd areas for practice 1).
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

In a 1v1 situation the forward must make a movement to create space to receive a pass.

Once in possession the forward must try to turn and shoot into the goal.

Ideally players receive the ball side on to the defender with the outside of their front foot giving them extra space to control and distance the defender from the

ball. Also, when coming off to receive its important the run is to an angle and not straight, giving you the option to go right or left quickly, or look for a pass around the corner.

In a 1v1 situation players must be able to receive the ball by creating a small amount of space.

In a 1v1 situation players must be able to receive the ball by creating a small amount of space.


Development

Now the game is 2v2 on the full pitch with the three goals remaining in place. The forwards must move to receive a pass from the midfielder. The midfielder can now join the game and look to combine with the forwards to score a goal.

Finally, three teams of three players play a continuous 3v3 game. After defending the teams attack and then they rest. The attacking team must make a movement to receive the ball from the coach and the players must combine to score a goal.

In a 3v2 the forwards have a “safety player” available as they can return the pass to the midfielder and look to create space again.

In a 3v2 the forwards have a “safety player” available as they can return the pass to the midfielder and look to create space again.


Game situation

Play a normal game. Players should now all be looking to receive the ball even when marked closely. This practice should have given them the confidence and ability to create space to receive and feel relaxed on the ball.

Play 3v3, continuously rotating between defence and attack before resting for a turn.

Play 3v3, continuously rotating between defence and attack before resting for a turn.


What to call out

  •  “Be clever and create some space”
  •  “Concentrate on your first touch”
  •  “Get your head up”
  •  “Can you turn?”
  •  “Can you pass?”
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