This training session is a good workout for forwards pressing and forcing mistakes high up the pitch. It also helps to develop link play in the final third. MORE
Each team has a Top Gun who operates in the opponent’s airspace (the ten yard end zone in front of goal).
Two neutral Wing Men – one on each long side of the area – can move up and down the wing playing for the team in possession.
The team must get the ball to their Top Gun, but they cannot score until the Top Gun has linked with a support player.
When the support player has linked up with the Top Gun they can either shoot or pass back to the Top Gun or another team mate.
If the team loses possession they must create the link with the Top Gun once more upon regaining possession. Link ups do not count beyond one attack.
Creating space, timing and angle of runs off of the ball, support runs.
Area: 50×30 yards
Equipment: Cones, 2 goals, balls
What To Call Out
“Support your Top Gun”
One defender and one support player can be allowed into the end zone on the target player’s first touch.
Allow the goalkeeper to move off of their line and allow a defender in the end zone at all times. To counter this, the Top Gun can move out of the end zone when they receive the ball.
Get the kids to give themselves fighter pilot names. Iceman, Wolf, Maverick, Lightning, Zodiac, Nightshade etc.