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The midfield runner

Help improve your players’ movement off the ball so they can support play and create goalscoring opportunities.

What this session is about

  1.  Making forward runs.
  2.  Creating chances.
  3.  Scoring goals.

What to think about

All good teams will have a top-quality, attacking midfielder. The role of this player is to get into advanced attacking positions to create and score goals.

The skills required for this role include: Movement off the ball, stamina, passing, receiving, vision, shooting and combination play.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Set up an area with players at each end while two players work in the middle of the area.

Players at each end take it in turns to combine with the middle players in order to cross the area. They can either:

  1. Play a one-two with each of the middle players to get to the other side.
  2. Pass to the nearest middle player and make a forward run. The middle players combine and return the ball to the runner.
  3. Pass to the middle player farthest away, who combines with the closest middle player to pass back to the runner.

Rotate the middle players after one or two minutes.

Each player takes turns to pass and combine with the central players and run through the area with the ball returned.

Each player takes turns to pass and combine with the central players and run through the area with the ball returned.


Development

Use an area with a goal at each end and set up the mannequins/poles and your players, as shown in the middle picture.

One team works, until all players have played in each position, while the other team rests. Three players from one team work at the same time.

Player 1 to the left of the goal passes to player 2. Player 2 must now:

  1. Play a one-two with player 3 then run beyond the mannequins/poles and shoot at goal.
  2. Play a pass for player 3 to run and shoot.

The players move up to work each role on the circuit (a new player replaces player 1, player 1 moves to player 2’s position, player 2 moves to player 3’s position and player 3 leaves the pitch).

Each team uses three players at once to fashion a shooting opportunity with one running off the ball and shooting.

Each team uses three players at once to fashion a shooting opportunity with one running off the ball and shooting.


Game situation

Set up an area with teams and mannequins/poles for a small-sided game, as shown in the bottom picture.

The white team mainly defends and has two forwards inside the opposite half of the pitch. The grey team attacks and has all of its players in one half of the pitch. It places a forward on each side of the goal as target players.

All restarts begin with the grey team. It attacks the white team’s goal and can pass to its target players in order to run and receive a return pass to score. If the white team wins possession, it can pass forward to one of its attackers in the opposite half and then one white midfielder must run to combine with the forwards to shoot at goal.

The grey team tries to pass to target players next to the goal and shoot from return passes. The white team tries to release a runner.

The grey team tries to pass to target players next to the goal and shoot from return passes. The white team tries to release a runner.


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