Apply pressure, regain possession and then use the ball in this three-part session. By MICHAEL PHILP MORE
The reverse pass is a great attacking weapon because it uses disguise to surprise and unlock well-drilled defences.
What this session is about
- Disguised passing.
- Passing accurately.
What to think about
Disguise intention by looking away from the target
- Pivot on non-kicking foot to swivel body around to face the target.
- Use good sidefoot technique.
- Awareness of where target team mates are positioned in game situations – take a “picture” of the field of play.
- 3 players with one ball in a 10 x 10 yards area.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||15 minutes||10-15 minutes||15 minutes||5-10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Each player starts at a corner cone. Player “A” begins by dribbling to the unmanned cone, then playing a diagonally backward, or “reverse”, pass to player “B” just before reaching the unmanned cone.
The practice continues with first, “B”, then “C” repeating the drill, before beginning again with “A”.
Switch the direction of the drill so players practice using their other foot.
1 ball between 4 players in an area 20 x 15 yards.
Place one cone in the centre of the playing area, with pairs of cones arranged diagonally, 2 yards apart, at each corner. The drill starts with Player “A” dribbling to the right of the central cone and reverse passing through the pair of cones to “B”.
“A” follows their pass to their next corner start position as “B” dribbles to the right of the central cone to repeat the drill by reversing to “C” and so on.
Repeat the drill, this time beginning with “A” running to the left of the central cone and reverse passing to “D”, who passes to “C” and so on.
Play 3+2 vs 3+2 using an area approx 20 x 15 yards.
Each team has 3 players inside the area, with the other two positioned on adjacent touchlines, so that both teams’ outside players each have their own touchline.
The teams score points by reverse passing to one of their touchline team mates.
What to call out
- “First touch out your feet”
- “Concentrate on accuracy first”
- “Pass firmly, but not too hard so you’re team mate can’t control it easily”