Help your midfielders and forwards learn to beat the offside trap and stay onside. By MIKE VINCENT MORE
Hitting on the break – Practice 1
WHY USE IT
This progressive, three-part session develops speed of play and the awareness and ability to hit teams on the counter-attack.
Set up using just over half a pitch. One end should have a full-size goal with a goalkeeper and the other should have three mini-goals. If you have two goalkeepers, the other can be feeding balls in from the sideline.
Divide the playing area into thirds, and split the outfield players into two teams. All outfield players should start in the middle third.
HOW TO PLAY
Blues defend the full-size goal and start in 4-2-2. Reds attack the full-size goal and start in 2-4-2. Play always starts in the middle zone, with the ball served into the Reds. Reds have 10 seconds to score. Blues can’t drop in to defend the end zone until the ball is in that area.
- Pass forward
- Run forward
- Strikers’ runs
- Direct play with quality
- Midfield support
- Exploit space
1. Play starts with the Reds in the middle third
2. Reds work to play into the space behind the Blues
3. Blues can only enter their defensive third once the ball is in that area