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Attacking

The attacking soccer drills in this section aim to help you coach your players to make the most of the opportunities that come their way during a game. We look at ways to create chances for your attackers, small-sided games that will sharpen their reactions in front of goal, and tips on how to coach your attackers to be goal-machines.

Pressing v possession

Under pressure

in Attacking, Defending

This is all about teamwork and teammates using the ball or stopping opponents from winning it. Press hard and the defenders will win the three balls in the fastest time – the clock starts ticking the second the first ball is kicked so players must move quickly. MORE

How to coach passing and shooting drills-part 1

The scoring box

in Attacking, Practice plans

In a small-sided game, goals scored from quick one- and two-touch combination play count double. This rewards play that has been practiced and developed earlier in the session. MORE

How to coach cross fire - part 1

Cross fire

in Attacking, Practice plans

Good communication between attackers is vital for a successful partnership because occupying the same area makes space easier to defend. “Cross fire” encourages your attackers to build an understanding of the runs they must make to create space. MORE

Switch to score

Create space

in Attacking, Tactics

This game encourages teams to switch play and to create space away from the ball – it is a condition of the game that teams must switch before they can score a goal. MORE

Organised to attack

Hit wide areas

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session focuses on hitting wide areas with the use of group attacks and switching. It works on the basic play used to develop attacking moves to get from one third to the next to create goal scoring chances. MORE

PODCAST Developing play in the attacking third

in Attacking, Podcasts

In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Tony Mee about his session in Elite Soccer aimed at developing play in the attacking third, one that coaches players to finish from balls crossed into the penalty area. Tony explains the coaching points, what to say to players and talks about good coaching practice MORE

Hit the target

Two touch target

in Attacking, Shooting

Use this realistic shooting session to coach your players to receive a ball played to the edge of the penalty area and shoot with their second touch MORE

How to coach blast past the defender - part 1

Blast past the defender

in Attacking, Practice plans

This series of drills will help your attackers take on defenders in crucial 1v1 battles. This is an important skill all players need because there are so many one-on-one encounters everywhere on the pitch. MORE

How to coach pressuring defender drills- part 1

Hungry strikers

in Attacking, Practice plans

The term “hungry striker” is given to an attacker who has a burning desire to score. Players like Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez are prime examples. They work hard for the team by pressuring opposition defenders in order to win the ball or force a mistake. MORE

How to coach Brazilian style drills- part 1

The Brazilian

in Attacking, Practice plans

Using a full back as an offensive weapon was made popular by the Brazilian national team. This session will help you develop “Brazilian” full backs in your team, giving it greater numbers in offence and increasing your attacking options. MORE

How to coach the messi challenge- part 1

The Messi challenge

in Attacking, Practice plans

Lionel Messi’s attacking ability from both wide and central areas is unrivalled. Get your players to copy him in the Messi challenge – a session that will give them the confidence to attack from any position. MORE

Attack-defend-attack

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Use this session as a way of getting fast breaking teams to tear through a static defence and create lots of goalscoring chances. In this game players are working in groups to beat a defence in a transition type of situation which will happen often in matches. MORE

The fast way to score goals

in Attacking, Email newsletters

Attacking and counter attacking at speed is all about the players on your team being aware of what is happening around them and communicating between themselves so they all move at speed into the right areas at the right time. MORE

How to coach powerplay situations- part 1

Powerplay

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session is inspired by the ice hockey final at the Olympic Winter Games. Canada were leading 2-1 with seconds left. The USA coach removed his goalkeeper to give his team a player overload and this led to the equalising goal, and overtime. The USA lost, but the coach’s bravery deserved more. MORE

Scoring from crosses

in Attacking, Email newsletters

Scoring from crosses is a sure fire way of making sure the ball hits the back of the net – crosses from wingers contribute to more goal chances than anything else in the game, so making sure you include sessions on scoring from crosses in your training schedule is vital to the success of your team. MORE

How to coach fast counter attacks- part 1

Fast breaks

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session is designed to develop counter attacking breaks. The players will learn to pass forward and make quick supporting runs in order to get forward and create goal scoring opportunities. MORE


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