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The finishing square

The practices in this session are designed to improve the movement of the centre forward when receiving the ball and the awareness of midfielders to make an accurate forward pass and then support this pass with a forward run.

What this session is about

  1.  Improve the movement of the team’s forwards.
  2.  Improve passing and support play from midfield.
  3.  Scoring goals.

What to think about

Scoring goals is one of the most important aspects of football so we must always work on developing different techniques to score goals from different positions on the field.

The team’s forwards must be on the move constantly to lose defenders and receive passes in attacking positions.

However, forwards cannot be the only players in the team that provide goals. This means midfielders must be willing to make forward runs to support the forward and score goals.

For this to happen, forwards must become excellent at bringing other players into the game to create chances for team mates to score.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a square within a square and add goals and mannequins/poles. Split your squad into two teams, as shown in the top picture.

Teams take turns to attack and score goals. To start, the midfielder (M) must look at different ways to pass to the forward (F) in order for the team to shoot at goal. Here are two examples:

  1. The midfielder passes to the forward, who comes in front of the mannequins/poles to receive the ball. The forward now turns to dribble past the mannequin and shoot at goal.
  2. The forward runs behind the mannequins/poles to receive a through pass from the midfielder to shoot.

Alternate the starting midfielders so both keepers are fully involved in the game.

A forward receives a pass and turns quickly to shoot at goal.

A forward receives a pass and turns quickly to shoot at goal.


Development

Progress the practice by placing a forward on the edge of the inner square, as shown in the middle picture.

The midfielder (M) must now pass to the forward (F) and then run to receive a return ball. Use one of these methods:

  1. The forward moves in front of the mannequin/ pole to receive a pass from the midfielder, the midfielder now runs forward to receive a set back from the forward. The midfielder now shoots at goal and the forward spins to run in for any rebounds.
  2. The midfielder dribbles forward with the ball and plays a wall pass with the forward to get behind the mannequin/pole and then shoot at goal.

Make sure both teams play at the same time so more players are involved at all times.

A forward receives a pass and either passes back to the supporting midfielder or gives a wall pass for the shot.

A forward receives a pass and either passes back to the supporting midfielder or gives a wall pass for the shot.


Game situation

Extend the inner square so there are two five-yard end zones within it.

Use two teams. Each team has three players on the small pitch and one forward in the end zone.

The aim for each team is to pass to the forward, who is now free to turn and shoot at goal.

Midfielders are also allowed to make a forward run after the pass and receive a return pass from the forward to shoot at goal.

The team that scores most goals wins.

In a small-sided game, when a pass reaches a forward, he can turn, beat the mannequin/pole and shoot or play in a supporting midfielder.

In a small-sided game, when a pass reaches a forward, he can turn, beat the mannequin/pole and shoot or play in a supporting midfielder.


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