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Two runners

This set is set up to improve general movement in players when they are in possession of the ball and attacking the opposition goal

Tony Carr says

There is more to passing and receiving than one player with the ball and one player waiting for a pass. This is where, for player development, a coach must get across the idea of the third man.

Players must practice for situations when they are the third man in the supporting triangle – they must consider wide angles so they are not running in a straight line and easily covered by the defenders. Wide runs open up space, creating room to run into – the art of the third man is the speed with which the player can do this.

In this session player 4, in the defensive half, passes to player 3 who finds player 5, who either passes straight in to player 1 – who has made an angled run from left to right – or angles a pass in to player 2, moving from right to left.

Sometimes the long angled pass has to be driven or chipped into space, because the ball must be lifted over defenders. The cones represent the defensive line and runners must avoid the offside. Following the first drill, player 4 becomes player 1; player 5 becomes player 2, and 3 remains as the target. The roles of 5 and 4 are reversed.

    1. Player 4 and player 3 combine to pass the ball to player 5
    2. Player 5 either plays the ball long to player 1, who has made a run [pass X], or chips the ball over the top for player 2 to run on to [pass Y]
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