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The scoring box

The scoring box gives you the opportunity to practice quick passing in order to create a 1v1 opportunity against the goalkeeper.

What this session is about

Finding a pass to unlock an oppositions’ defence. This is particularly useful in crowded central areas.

What to think about

  • These quick passing combinations will develop movement and interaction between your players and improve their interaction when in possession of the ball.
  • Watch out for over-playing, 3 – 5 passes is ideal and more closely represents the quick passages of play that develop towards the end of an attacking build up.

Set-up

15 x 15 yard square marked out 30 yards from goal.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Begin with the players passing around the square in the sequence A-B-C-D before attempting one of the following sequences.

  1. A passes to C, C sets B and B plays a through ball for D. D spins outside and shoots from the diagonal pass.
  2. B passes to D who lays it back for A. A plays a straight ball for C who angles his run behind D to get on to the through ball and shoot.
  3. A plays to C who lays the ball off to D. D plays in B for a third man run to shoot at goal.
  4. Make sure each player gets an opportunity to play in all of the positions.
Begin with passing around the box before progressing to the sequences.

Begin with passing around the box before progressing to the sequences.


Development

Give the players the freedom to make any combination of passes before one player is released to shoot. A defender can be added inside the box to put pressure on the passing.

Each sequence leads to a 1v1 against the goalkeeper.

Each sequence leads to a 1v1 against the goalkeeper.


Game situation

In a small-sided game, goals scored from quick one- and two-touch combination play count double. This rewards play that has been practiced and developed earlier in the session.

A narrow pitch encourages quick intricate passing to release players for a shot.

A narrow pitch encourages quick intricate passing to release players for a shot.


What to call out

  • “Can we pass first time”
  • “Communicate
  • “Crisp passing”
  • “Work the keeper”
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