If ever there was a soccer match that highlighted the importance of an attacker staying cool in the penalty box, it was England's opening World Cup 2018 match against Tunisia. MORE
Working on a narrow pitch helps players to be more direct in their attacks – defenders also get a grasp of how important the central areas of the pitch are.
Playing through the central areas is a quick way to hit the heart of any team – also a great area of the pitch to control the game especially with a high pressing team.
Use the central areas of your normal pitch creating two end zones on the edge of the penalty areas. We’ve used 14 players. You need balls, bibs, cones and a goal.
Split your players into two teams of 7 players with a 3v2 at each end and a 2v2 in the centre circle area – players are locked to their zones. Play is directional and must go through all three zones. Teams score by one of the two forwards dribbling over the line and stopping the ball in the end zone. Look for players supporting each other to enable movement of the ball through the zones.
When a defender in possession of the ball gets his head up to
pass into the midfield, one midfielder must come short towards the ball and the other
midfielder must go long to create space for each other