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Attacking

How to coach fast counter attacks- part 1

Fast breaks

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session is designed to develop counter attacking breaks. The players will learn to pass forward and make quick supporting runs in order to get forward and create goal scoring opportunities. MORE

Penalty area success

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Possession of the ball on the edge of the penalty area should result in creating goal scoring chances. If not the reason could be they’re making the wrong decisions. It gets your players to make correct decisions on the edge of the penalty area MORE

How to coach wing attacks- part 1

Wing it

in Attacking, Practice plans

Things don’t always go to plan in the attacking third. Encourage your players to “wing it” by showing them that how they deliver the ball into the box doesn’t matter – as long as it gets there. MORE

How to coach target man play- part 1

The target man

in Attacking, Practice plans

“Target man” is the term used to describe a centre forward who is able to hold the ball under pressure and then pass back to supporting players. This session includes three simple practices to develop target players. MORE

How to coach attacking with your back to goal drills- part 1

Back attack

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session aims improve your players when they are receiving the ball with their back to goal. Can the players turn and beat the defender? Can they hold the ball and then bring their team mates into the game? MORE

How to coach attacking play - part 1

Attacking play

in Attacking, Practice plans

Recent sessions have given your players dribbling, passing and decision-making skills. This session encourages your players to put these skills into practice in a team environment with the aim of building movement in attack and creating more goal-scoring opportunities. MORE

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The importance of the magic man

in Attacking, Email newsletters

When you play training games with your team if you have an odd number of players it is always a good idea to play a 'magic man'. This is a position of great responsibility because this player can catch the opposition out during transition or can be the player who creates goal scoring chances because he/she is less likely to be marked when the ball is transferred. MORE

How to coach lone stiker drills- part 1

The lone striker

in Attacking, Practice plans

A lot of teams now play with a lone striker supported by players from midfield. The modern striker must have a number of attributes. These include running deep to receive the ball, holding the ball up, dribbling at speed and shooting with either foot. This session aims to improve these skills in a number of 1v1 exercises. MORE

See the pass

in Attacking, Passing

Long passes can be a key way to open up an opposition defence or to find space on the pitch by switching play. A great way to help young players to spot longer passing options and to see beyond the first players in their line of vision. MORE

4v4 with 4 goals

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Obviously kids thoroughly enjoy scrimmaging and coaches can use games to teach players without them realizing they are learning. Not only does this game help players stay connected but also starts introducing finishing and expands players range of passing. MORE

On the rebound

in Attacking, Tactics

Long shots often create chaos in the penalty areas of youth teams opening up chances from rebounds and blocks. Fire your team ahead by going long against tough opposition and score from the rebound MORE

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