EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Wide-inside

This session looks at the options that are available to a player who dribbles inside from the wing. Moving inside is important in making wing play unpredictable and unsettling the full back.

What this session is about

If a wide player has the ability to beat defenders on both sides (outside or inside like Ronaldo or Messi) this is very hard to defend against. Barcelona have developed a unique system of playing wide players on the opposite side of the pitch to exploit this.

What to think about

This session really comes alive when defenders are added in the development.

In particular, players should notice that when the wide player dribbles inside they will often be followed by the full back. This creates space for a midfielder or full back on the attacking team to get into the space they leave in order to put in a cross.

If the full back does not follow inside the wide player has a chance to pass or shoot.

Set-up

• Half a pitch (can be mini soccer for u6-10 or full size for u11-seniors).

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Practice 1 – the attacker receives the ball and dribbles down the line before cutting inside quickly and dribbling to a shooting position.

Practice 2 – the attacker receives the ball and cuts inside immediately, now a forward must make a run across the defence in order to receive a pass and shoot at goal.

Practice 3 – an overlapping full back or midfielder uses the space made by the attacker coming inside. The overlapping player receives a pass and crosses for the attacker (who has continued their run into the box) or forward to score a goal.

The wide player dribbles inside and shoots.

The wide player dribbles inside and shoots.


Development

Add two defenders (one full back and one centre back) to the practice. Allow the attackers to make their own decisions on which of the three practices they should complete on each turn.

The wide player dribbles inside and plays a through ball.

The wide player dribbles inside and plays a through ball.


Game situation

Play a normal game. To encourage wide players coming inside you can do two things:

  1. Play right footers on the left and left footers on the right of the field (Barcelona).
  2. Award double points for any goals that are scored in the same way as the practices.
Add defenders to develop the session. In this instance an overlap is used.

Add defenders to develop the session. In this instance an overlap is used.


What to call out

  •  “Be direct”
  •  “Come inside at pace”
  •  “Can you shoot?”
  •  “Can you combine with team mates?”
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