This three-part session plan helps develop play into and around a team’s centre forward. MORE
This session is about team shape right up the pitch – it is aimed at encouraging your players to bring the ball out from the back and attack while keeping possession so they are playing through the thirds.
Teams that can play out from the back have more chance of keeping the ball to move it through the thirds and create scoring chances. If teams kick long, it clears the immediate danger but loses possession and the ball will come back time and time again.
You need balls and two goals using your full pitch. We used 11 players.
A waiting player passes to the right-back (player 1) on the corner of the penalty box. Player 1 chips it to player 3 – a striker coming to the ball to receive it – who sets it back to player 2. Player 2 passes the ball to wide running player 4 to cross for the twin strikers, who make split runs to the near and far posts. The players then rotate positions: a spare feeder player from the queue becomes 1; player 1 becomes 2; player 2 becomes 3; player 3 becomes 4; and 4 joins the line of spare players for the next run through.
Good passing (weight and direction), movement and pace make this a great session to practise moving the ball from one end of the pitch to the other