This game encourages supporting and movement off the ball as well as making sure players learn how to deal with the basics of passing and receiving. After making a pass you will often see players standing still and admiring their work, you will also see players struggling to create good supporting angles for the player with the ball. MORE
Getting players used to passing and moving in different parts of the pitch is vital to their match day success.
Use an area half your normal pitch size. We’ve used four outfield players and a keeper. You can have two groups running at once and have two or three players to swap in on the wings for each of the three runs of wing play. You need bibs, balls and a goal.
How to play it
Defender A passes to midfielder C. C then returns the ball to the defender, who plays a longer pass up to attacker D. D plays the ball wide to winger B who cuts in on the edge of the penalty area and shoots at goal. In the second run the defender exchanges passes with the midfielder before playing down the line to the winger who crosses to the incoming midfielder and attacker. In the third run, add a defender and play on the other side of the pitch to get the winger crossing on that side under pressure from the defender.
In this session you want to see good communication, good passing and receiving on and to the correct feet. There should be good pace injected in the session and add a defender to make it more realistic.
- 1. Defender A exchanges passes with the midfielder C before passing into the feet of the attacker D
- 2. The attacker sets up winger B who moves to the edge of the area and shoots at goal
- 3. This time after an exchange of passes with the midfielder, the defender plays the ball down the line to the winger
- 4. The midfielder and attacker move into position at the far post to get on the cross from the winger
- 5. In the final run add a defender and move the winger to the other side and set up an attack where the winger is under pressure from the defender