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Quick combination play

These quick passing drills improve the quick play and imagination of your forwards around the box.

What this session is about

Using sharp, accurate passing to move the ball quickly in small combinations in order to create space in attacking areas.

What to think about

  •  For through balls and wall-passes the weight of the pass is important to ensure that it arrives in the path of the forward’s run.
  •  The addition of one or more defenders will illustrate how combination play like this can pull defenders apart to create space for team mates.

Set-up

Half pitch.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Drill 1 – the midfielder passes into the first attacker who plays a quick one-two with the second striker and shoots at goal.

Drill 2 – the midfielder passes into the first attacker who sets back to midfielder who plays a through ball for the second attacker to score.

Drill 3 – the midfielder passes into the furthest attacker who dribbles along the edge of the box and then back heels the ball for the deep striker to make a crossover run to score. Make sure that players get a chance in each position.

Begin with a simple wall pass.

Begin with a simple wall pass.


Development

Add a defender, or pair of defenders. This will test the attacker’s ability to execute the combinations under increased pressure. The defender’s can be passive or active, depending on your attacker’s ability.

Add an extra pass from the starting midfielder.

Add an extra pass from the starting midfielder.


Game situation

Play a normal game and look at the combination play from the attackers in the final 3rd of the pitch.

In a game situation C’s run would create space for B to attack by dragging a defender across.

In a game situation C’s run would create space for B to attack by dragging a defender across.


What to call out

  •  “Movement to receive”
  •  “Communicate”
  •  “Hit the target”
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