One of the things I find really useful is to engage my players on a Zoom call and get them to list the attributes they think players need in certain positions. So this week we are working on defensive midfield. What does a player in that position have to do? MORE
Running from midfield
Help your attacking midfielders get into advanced positions to create and score goals with this drill.
What this session is about
- Making forward runs.
- Combination play in the attacking third of the pitch.
- Creating chances.
- Scoring goals.
What to think about
- Encourage players to use combination play and create chances to score. For example, try overlaps, one-twos, third-man running and decoy runs.
- Good movement, close control and quick, accurate passing are all important in this drill.
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What you get your players to do
Set up a 10-yard square on the edge of the penalty area by the “D”. Place a server on each corner of the square. The two on the right both have a ball.
A group of four attackers wait 10 yards outside the square with a ball each. On the run, the first attacker rolls the ball to a server without a ball, gets a pass from one with a ball, passes it to the other one without a ball, gets a pass from the second server with a ball then runs into the area and shoots.
The second attacker repeats but passes to the right rather than the left and receives from the left.
Rotate players at regular intervals.
Increase the distance between servers; have the second server play a through ball into the penalty box; remove the two balls from the servers so the midfielder has the only ball and plays two onetwos on his way through to goal.
Play 2 attackers and a midfielder v 2 defenders and a keeper (3v3).
The two attackers start 10 yards outside the penalty area, marked by two defenders with the midfielder further back, between the two attackers, with a ball at his feet. The midfielder plays a onetwo with either attacker and draws the defender by either going through the middle or out wide. Once he has created space, he either crosses for the free attacker or plays another one-two for him into the area. Encourage the three attackers to also use decoy runs. There is no shooting allowed from outside the area.
Play 6v6 (including keepers) on a 60×40 yard pitch. The pitch is divided into three 20-yard zones. Teams play a 2-1-2 formation. Defenders must stay in their own zone, as must attackers. The midfielder is allowed into the central zone plus his own team’s attacking zone to create as many 3v2s as possible. Play offsides to increase realism.