To make your attacking midfielders effective in front of goal you need to get them to shoot at every opportunity. This session is about scoring and reacting, beating a keeper or getting past a defender. MORE
Beat the keeper
Games can be won and lost when a player makes or misses a chance from a breakaway 1v1 with the goalkeeper.
Using half of your pitch, set up a 20×20-yard grid with one edge on top of the penalty area. We’ve used 10 players. You need balls, bibs, cones and a goal.
How to play it
Play 4v4 plus one neutral player and a goalkeeper. The neutral player works for the team with the ball and can go 1v1 with the keeper. Players try to keep possession and after five passes by one team, a player may enter the penalty area (but the ball must enter first, either by dribble or pass). An opponent can enter the penalty area after the attacking player to provide a challenge.
To progress it, add gates and if four consecutive passes are made through the gates by one team, a player can enter the penalty area with the ball. To vary the angle of attack, you can progress the session further by moving the 20×20 grid across the pitch.
This is a great session for possession, passing, receiving and breakaway 1v1s. It needs good skills to beat the keeper.
- 1. The game starts with the team in possession trying to make five consecutive passes
- 2. One player from the team that has made five passes can then go 1v1 with the keeper to try to score
- 3. To progress the session, add four gates in the square. The team in possession must pass or dribble through four consecutive gates to get into the penalty area
- 4. In both games the defending team cannot enter the penalty area until the attacker goes in
- 5. To progress the session further, the square is moved to one side of the penalty box so the angle of attack is changed