Often in crowded areas of the pitch teams lose the ball by trying to hold on to it or with misplaced passes. Short passing in areas like the penalty area is key to keeping the ball and creating space for the goal scorers. MORE
Wingers attack the box
This session develops quick, instinctive interplay on the wing, finishing with a cross into the danger area. It helps young players to fine-tune the quality of delivery and encourages inventive combinations on the wing.
Use the penalty area of your pitch. We’ve used 9 players in this session. You need bibs, plenty of balls, cones and a full-size goal with a goalkeeper.
How to play it
Use a goalkeeper and one defender, with two attackers on the edge of the penalty area and two wingers. This is a two ball session. The first player lined up just outside the centre circle plays a ball into the two attackers who combine with a winger in front of the penalty area. The second ball is played into the two wingers who combine to play the ball down the wing and have two possible crosses – near or far post.
This session needs good communication and combination play from wingers and attackers – good passing and crossing is essential to make the session run at pace and attackers must be aware of covering the far and near post and making themselves available for balls into the box at angles.
1. The first ball is played into the two attackers who must control and look up to see which winger is best placed to receive the ball
2. The winger controls and then plays a pass into the attackers running inside the penalty area. The attacker must turn away from the defender and be open to the pass
3. The second ball is passed out to the wingers, who combine to take the ball down the wing to the touchline
4. As play builds up on the wing, the two attackers must get into position to receive a near or far post cross
5. The winger selects his target man and with a good cross plays the ball into one of the attackers for them to finish