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Set it back!

Strikers often have to play with their backs to goal. Give your forwards the skills to be able to shield the ball and then set it back to a supporting midfielder with this session.

What this session is about

  1.  Forward passing from midfield.
  2.  Strikers holding onto the ball.
  3.  Strikers setting the ball back to supporting runners.

What to think about

Strikers must move around to create space to receive a pass to feet. However, once this pass is made, a striker must ensure he controls the ball and uses his body to shield the ball from defenders.

Now the striker can get his head up and look for supporting runs from midfield, while he has his back to goal.

Finally, the striker can now set the ball back to a midfielder who is now in an advanced attacking position where he can combine with the striker to score goals.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a pitch with a goal at one end and a 10-yard channel in the centre, as in the top picture.

Split your players into two lines of midfielders. A midfielder makes a diagonal pass to one of the strikers, in the centre channel, who controls the ball and then sets the ball back to the midfielder.

Now the midfielder plays a through pass to the second striker who runs around the flag/mannequin to shoot at goal.

The midfielder now becomes a striker for the next ball from the opposite line of midfielders.

Midfielders take turns to pass to either striker, receive a pass back, then pass forward to the other striker.

Midfielders take turns to pass to either striker, receive a pass back, then pass forward to the other striker.


Development

The strikers now face opposition from defenders and have to hold the ball up, set it back then turn to create a 3v2 overload.

The strikers now face opposition from defenders and have to hold the ball up, set it back then turn to create a 3v2 overload.


Game situation

Use two teams and the same size area but remove the 10-yard centre channel.

The pitch is split into halves. Inside the white team’s defensive half are two defenders and two strikers from the black team.

The rest of the outfield players are in the other half.

Start the practice with the white team attacking inside the black team’s defensive half of the pitch.

When the black team wins possession, it passes forward to its strikers. Now up to three black players can support the forward pass and receive a set back pass from the strikers to score a goal. No white defenders can run back and defend the counter attack.

Halfway through the game, swap restrictions on each team. The team which scores most goals wins.

Two strikers play set-back passes in one half when their team mates win the ball in their defensive half.

Two strikers play set-back passes in one half when their team mates win the ball in their defensive half.


What to call out

Now use two teams and add another goal at the opposite end of the area.

Each team has two midfielders situated next to their goal. Their role is to pass a ball forward and run to receive and help create a 3v2 overload.

The team also has four players that work in pairs and rotate from being forwards and defenders.

To start, the white midfielder passes to one of the strikers inside the centre channel (the striker receives inside this area as it forces physical contact) and runs to receive a set-back pass.

Now the game continues in a 3v2 situation, in which all players are free to use the entire pitch to either score a goal or stop one being scored.

Offside rules apply. For the next attack, two new defenders and strikers enter the pitch and the black team attacks.

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