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Attack at top speed – practice

WHY USE IT

This three-part session works on developing players’ ability and confidence in running with the ball.

SET UP

Set up a playing area relative to the age and ability of your players. You need two goals and goalkeepers, and two small-sided teams, one starting beside each goal.

HOW TO PLAY

The first player runs with the ball and shoots unopposed. As soon as they have had a shot, a player from the opposite team can run and attack the other goal and the original attacker becomes a recovering defender. The sequence continues. Progress the session to have an additional permanent defender, so attackers are at a 2v1 disadvantage.

COACHING POINTS

  • Encourage players to hit their top speed when running with the ball.
  • Bootlace touches when running with the ball will allow for natural and full running motion.
  • Take big touches away from the defender or take a touch across the defender’s path to get in front and force the defender to slow down or stop, or draw a foul.

1. The first Blue player runs and shoots unopposed

2. As soon as they shoot, the first Red player can attack the opposite goal and the Blue player recovers as a defender

3. Progress to add a permanent defender so attackers are outnumbered 2v1

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