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Running from midfield

Help your attacking midfielders get into advanced positions to create and score goals with this drill.

What this session is about

  1. Making forward runs.
  2. Combination play in the attacking third of the pitch.
  3. Creating chances.
  4. 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.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

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.

Variations

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.

Attack 1 (A1) passes to server (S1), gets pass from S2, passes to S3, gets pass from S4, dribbles into area and shoots.

Attack 1 (A1) passes to server (S1), gets pass from S2, passes to S3, gets pass from S4, dribbles into area and shoots.


Development

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.

Attacker 1 and 2 (A1 and A2) have their backs to goal. Either play a one-two with midfielder (M) to create a 3v2 and set up a shot on goal.

Attacker 1 and 2 (A1 and A2) have their backs to goal. Either play a one-two with midfielder (M) to create a 3v2 and set up a shot on goal.


Game situation

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.

Play 6v6 in 2-1-2 formation. Defenders and attackers must stay in their 20-yard zones but the midfielder can move into attacking zone.

Play 6v6 in 2-1-2 formation. Defenders and attackers must stay in their 20-yard zones but the midfielder can move into attacking zone.


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