INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Double Dare

Use this session to teach players the value of hard working midfielders. They can disrupt even the best passing teams by working in pairs to block any moves through midfield.

Why use it

Working in pairs in midfield or attack is an ideal way to disrupt passing teams by positioning and support play. Anticipation is also important when players attempt to intercept.

Set up

Working in pairs in midfield or attack is an ideal way to disrupt passing teams by positioning and support play. Anticipation is also important when players attempt to intercept.

How to play

Start with four white passing players on the outside of the first zone, with two red midfielders in the centre. One white player is on the far side of the second zone and the other four red players wait in pairs to replace the midfielders. The passing team must make four consecutive passes without midfielders touching the ball.

After the fourth pass the ball is passed to the player on the far side of the second zone and all the players move to that zone, needing to make four passes again.

The passing team have only one touch so passes must be accurate (make this two touch if needed). The player in the opposite half has two touches to give the others a chance to move into his half. If the red midfielders win the ball they dribble out of the area to win a point.

Technique

Your team will benefit from learning how to close down and pressure players passing through midfield.

Press teams

    1. Play starts in the left hand zone with the passing team who must keep the ball from the two midfielders using one touch
    2. When the team has made four passes play switches to the player on the edge of the right hand zone and the two players on the side move to the other square with the midfielders

    3. Here the midfielder wins the ball and must now dribble out of the area to score a point
    4. The receiving player at each end has two touches to give time for his team-mates to get into his square

    5. Every three minutes swap the midfielders to give them a rest because it is hard work
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