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Running on to through passes

Your players need to be able to spot gaps in the opposition defence and exploit them by showing good pace to get in behind them in order to cross or shoot at goal.

What this session is about

  1. Making effective runs behind the opposition defence.
  2. Using these opportunities to create goal-scoring chances.

What to think about

Look closely at your players’ attitude to this practice. This will tell you much about how they will cope with pressure in match situations. You need to encourage them to be both relaxed and determined.

  • Do your players play at full speed and intensity?
  • How quickly do they get into the box?
  • Make sure they try lots of different ways to score- e.g. chipping the goalkeeper, going around, power shots, placement, curl etc.

Set-up

  1. Half of a full pitch, using the entire width
  2. One goal
  3. One goalkeeper
  4. Start the run 30 yards from goal
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

  • Make a pass from behind your forwards for them to run on to.
  • The forwards must explode on to the pass from a standing start.
  • The forward must control the ball and look to score as quickly as possible.
  • When everyone has had several attempts to score in this situation, introduce a defender to make the through pass.
  • As soon as the defender makes the pass for the forward they sprint after him to try to make a recovery tackle, putting him under pressure.
Your players must sprint on to the pass and score as quickly as possible.

Your players must sprint on to the pass and score as quickly as possible.


Development

Now progress to a 2v1 situation. Make a pass into one of your forwards behind the single defender. The forwards must combine to score using crosses or by shooting across the goal and scoring from any rebound.

Now the defender makes the pass and tries to recover.

Now the defender makes the pass and tries to recover.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game with two goals and goalkeepers. mark out two end-zones. Forwards are only allowed to enter the end-zone to run on to a through pass.

Can two forwards combine on your through pass to score?

Can two forwards combine on your through pass to score?


What to call out

  • “Be direct”
  • “Relax on the shot”
  • “Be confident”
  • “Take your chances to score”
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