If you want to see how your players could perform in a midfield sweeper role, use this realistic session to help them become comfortable playing in tight areas. MORE
The ability to slide passes behind the opponent’s defence will unlock the line and create goalscoring opportunities for your team. Teach your players the skills to create these chances with this session.
What this session is about
- Slide passing.
- Forward runs.
- Creating chances to score a goal.
What to think about
- Sliding passes between defenders is the best way to cut open the opponent’s defence.
- Using disguise on the final pass is the key to opening the defence. Encourage your players to look one way and then pass in the opposite direction to unlock the defence.
- When playing a slide pass behind the defence, the decision to make the pass is determined by a team mate’s run. This means you need to encourage forward runs and movement off the ball in order to give the player in possession a target for their pass.
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What you get your players to do
Use half of your regular pitch and set up four poles/ mannequins just outside the penalty area, as shown in the top picture.
Split your players into two teams. Team A starts the practice, one midfielder makes a slide pass behind the pole/mannequin for the wide player to run on to and cross for the striker to run on to and score.
Team B then starts with a wide player passing inside to a midfielder who makes a slide pass between two poles/mannequins for the striker to run on to and shoot at goal.
After each attack, the players follow their pass and move to the next position in the attack.
After each player has had a shot, swap teams so each position is tried by every player.
Mark out an area with a regular-size goal at one end and two target goals at the other, as laid out in the middle picture.
Also set up four poles/mannequins on the halfway line. You will need two teams of five players and two wide players – who play for the team attacking the big goal – and a goalkeeper – who plays for the team attacking the target goals.
Most of the play takes place in one half. Team A tries to play a slide pass behind the poles/ mannequins and into space for one of the wide players. The wide player now crosses the ball for one of team A’s players to break forward and score.
If the other team wins possession, it can score in the target goals. Rotate teams’ roles regularly and rotate the wide players.
Play 6v6, as in the bottom picture. The game starts with team A in possession and all players inside that team’s half of the field. Team A must try to make a slide pass into team B’s half for a team mate to run through and take a shot at goal.
No player is allowed into team B’s half until this pass is made. Once the pass is made, all players must go into team B’s half.
This rule gives the game an offside line to break past (the halfway line) and forces the team in possession to quickly create a chance to slide a pass into the space behind the defence.
The team which scores most goals wins.