EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Two up front in tandem

If your team uses two strikers, it is important they combine well to produce the goods in terms of scoring goals. Read on to find out how to teach your forwards how they can develop their attacking relationship.

What this session is about

  1. Combination play.
  2. Passing and receiving.
  3. Movement.

What to think about

Players must use:

  • Attacking principles – committing the defender, using accurate and quick passing, having a positive first touch.
  • Combination play/movement – the wall pass, overlaps, dummy runs, good angles of support, movement to create space, etc.
  • Communication – verbal, eye contact, signalling, etc.

Set-up

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

What you get your players to do

Use half a pitch but make it narrow (30 yards wide), so play remains central. Adjust the overall sizes according to player ages. Two servers start outside the playing area at the opposite end from the goal.

Two strikers start within the zone in front of the penalty area, as shown in the top picture.

The servers pass between themselves until they receive a signal from one of the strikers to pass the ball. Once in possession, the strikers practise combining (playing the ball to each other) before making their way into the penalty area to shoot at goal.

To progress, servers and strikers switch roles regularly.

Servers pass the ball to each other then play up to the strikers when called for.

Servers pass the ball to each other then play up to the strikers when called for.


Development

Split the area between the halfway line and the penalty area in two equal zones, and add a defender in each zone. Defenders are restricted to these areas, as shown in the middle picture.

Strikers must combine to beat each defender in turn before running into the penalty area and shooting at goal.

Strikers have to beat a defender in each zone, except the penalty area, before shooting.

Strikers have to beat a defender in each zone, except the penalty area, before shooting.


Game situation

Mark out an area and play a 6v6 game (including keepers). Each team plays a 2-1-2 formation, as shown in the bottom picture.

Goals scored following forward combinations count double. Encourage strikers to use a variety of passes and interplay because they will build up an understanding and make their moves less predictable for defenders.

Goals scored using combinations by strikers count double.

Goals scored using combinations by strikers count double.


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