EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Pin It to Win It

The Rules

Play 9 attackers v 3 defenders. Attackers are restricted to two touches only. Place plenty of spare balls outside the pitch.

If the defenders win the ball they can score a goal through any one of the gates.

The attackers must try and complete a set number of passes (e.g. ten), they can then also try to score.

Count the number of passes and goals scored. Switch the defensive team at ten-minute intervals.

Objectives

Improves defending and pressure as a unit and fitness.

Key Skills

Defence working together to pressure the ball into a tight area quickly. Using support angles to stop a pass and force an error. The timing and decision to do this will depend on the distance from the ball. Anticipating when and where a pass will be played. This is helped by the two touch restriction.

Set Up

Area: 50×30 yards grid
Players: 12
Equipment: 16 cones for 10 goals (two 5 yard goals in each corner and one either side), balls

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Pin It To Win It Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

Attackers try to complete a set number of passes before attempting to score.

 

Pin It To Win It Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

Develop by changing to one touch, encouraging
the defenders to close down more quickly.

 

Pin It To Win It Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

Add another defender who should cover the
space where a pass is anticipated.

What To Call Out

“Support”
“Win it”
“Score”

Development

  • Change the number of touches that are allowed, less to make it harder or more to make it easier, e.g. one touch should encourage even more effort to press the ball as it reaches a player.
  • Change the overload to a 4v8. Allow unlimited touches. The back four work as a unit to encourage one defender to try and cover the space where a pass is anticipated.

Hint

Prioritise keeping score for defenders as it is their game.

 

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