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Play into the number 9 – Skill Practice

WHY USE IT

The practice will assist teams that find it difficult to play into the number 9, working on the hold-up play, combining with the number 9 and the number 9’s finishing techniques.

SET UP

Can be delivered in the middle of the pitch with two goals.

HOW TO PLAY

Following on from the previous practice, players are now faced with a 3-v-2 situation. Play starts from the goalkeeper, who passes into any defender. That defender then tries to play a forward pass into the number 9, who drops off the defenders and turns to play into the oncoming midfielder.

TECHNIQUE

Encourage positive positioning for the number 9, and positive passes from the server and midfielders. A progression could be both the wingers joining the play once the ball is played out to either one of them, to create an overload, thereby making more chances for the number 9 to score.

 

1. The goalkeeper starts the practice with a pass to a defender

2. The defender aims to play into the number 9, with other forwards making supporting runs

3. The number 9 can then combine the play with a supporting team-mate

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