Blind Side Runs

Use this training session to teach your players how to make blind side runs in the final third of the pitch – and as a result, increase your team’s goal scoring opportunities

Why use it

Developing blind side runs in the final third is important because it creates a lot of scoring chances. Goals come from the movement and creativity of the players who are making the runs – and by receiving the ball in areas of the pitch where they can shoot or set up a team-mate.

Set up

Use half the pitch and focus on the area in front of the penalty area. We’ve used nine players in this session but you can use up to 16, as it’s a fast moving game. You need bibs, balls and cones.

How to play

Two defenders and two attackers are in front of the penalty area ‘D’. Put a wide receiver either side of the pitch to set up the attackers making the blind side runs. In the first part defenders are passive and cannot tackle but this changes as the session advances and players are confident with what they are doing.


The session needs to be high tempo, with players making clever runs with good angles of play, timing, decision-making and weight of pass, as well as providing a clinical finish, much like Wayne Rooney does when he is on song for Manchester United.

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