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Silky skills to hit the net

Improving your players’ ability to use a skill, show disguise or combine quickly with a team mate in and around the penalty area can be crucial to the final result of a game.

What this session is about

  1.  Using skill and disguise to beat a defender.
  2.  Creating chances to score.
  3.  Shooting at goal.

What to think about

  • Do your players have a skill to beat defenders?
  • Are they capable of showing disguise in their play to create space to pass or shoot?
  • Can they play one-twos or quick “give and go” passes to open their opponents’ defence?
  • When in and around the penalty box they must look to shoot at every opportunity.

Set-up

Use a 40 yards by 30 yards pitch and for the first and second stages, then use a 30 yards by 30 yards pitch for the game.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10-15 minutes10 minutes15-20 minutes10 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

One player from the white team dribbles the ball from the corner to beat the mannequin with a skill and take a shot at goal.

That player must react quickly to help the black team and return a one-two pass to beat the mannequin and allow the black team player to shoot.

A progression that adds to the clever play is to give the player from the black team the option of playing a one-two with the white player or using him as a decoy before dribbling alone to shoot.

A player dribbles the ball and uses a skill to beat the mannequin then shoots. He then helps the other team create a chance.

A player dribbles the ball and uses a skill to beat the mannequin then shoots. He then helps the other team create a chance.


Development

The coach passes to the white attacker who tries to beat the black defender. After this attack, a new white player comes on as a defender.

The black defender dribbles the ball forward and attacks 2v1 with his team mate against the new white player.

When the attack ends, the black forward is replaced by the defender and a new black player comes on in defence. Then the new white player dribbles upfield for a 1v1 attack and the drill is continuous. Play the session for a set time.

The white attacker tries to beat the defender. Then the black team attacks 2v1. One player on each team is replaced after they attack.

The white attacker tries to beat the defender. Then the black team attacks 2v1. One player on each team is replaced after they attack.


Game situation

Set up a 2v2 small-sided game. One of the goalkeepers starts with the ball and must throw it out to one of the opponents.

Immediately a 2v2 game begins with players trying to use clever play to beat the defender or to combine with his team mate to score a goal.

The game lasts for one minute before the teams leave the pitch and two new teams enter the game.

The ball is rolled to an opponent to start a 2v2 game, each team uses a skill or pass to try and score against their opponents.

The ball is rolled to an opponent to start a 2v2 game, each team uses a skill or pass to try and score against their opponents.


What to call out

  •  “Play at top speed”
  •  “Be clever”
  •  “How quickly can you shoot at goal?”
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