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Attacking wingbacks

Use this session if you want to see exciting attacking wingbacks who can either cross a ball or cut inside and shoot. Players can make use of 2v1 situations to attack or fool the defenders with a skill. Crosses into the box are also an option in this game.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and goals in a playing area of 40×50 yards. We’ve used 14 players for this session. Use three teams, each consisting of four players. You will also need two goalkeepers.

How to Play

Two teams play the game but the third team (in blue here) provides fullbacks for the attacks, making it 6v4. The game lasts for four balls – each team has two attacks with additional fullbacks. If the fullbacks score, their own team gets an additional point as well as a goal for the team they are helping.

Technique

Tactically very good for defenders supporting both the midfield and attack, this session improves play in wide areas and encourages fullbacks to join in the attack. Good overloads mean that the success rate is high, so the session will really develop the attacking strengths of your fullbacks.

1. The game starts with a pass to one of the fullbacks running from wide positions
2. The fullbacks create a 6v4 situation to give plenty of attacking success

3. The starting team has a second attack with two new fullbacks
4. When the ball leaves play or if a goal is scored, the two fullbacks go off the end of the pitch and wait there

5. After the second attack concludes the opposite team has two attacks with the extra fullbacks

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