In the latest return to play guidelines you can easily work within the rules with your striker and goalkeeper – two key positions in the team. The focus can be on either player, but I am going to give my striker a workout which the goalkeeper can also learn from. I am always looking beyond... MORE
If you want your players to create goal scoring chances, try this exciting and fast-moving game and you’ll soon see the benefits. A session aimed at getting players to create and utilise space in midfield. With quick passing and movement, it should help open up the opposition and make goal scoring chances.
Create a playing area 40x20yards, with two goals back to back across the middle, but just one goalkeeper. We’re using eight players and a keeper for this session, plus a server who can be the coach. You need bibs, cones, balls and two small goals.
How to play
Start by serving a ball into the game. Players can score in either of the two back-to-back goals. If the keeper gains possession or the ball leaves the area, serve a new ball in. The keeper puts any balls he gathers into the net behind him. When a goal is scored, immediately serve another ball into the game.
Creating space in a match situation with fast and accurate passing will open up the room for midfielders to exploit. In this game a quick switch of play allows players to take advantage of one of the goals being unguarded – they must be aware of the position of the keeper at all times.
- 1. Players must pass the ball around the area quickly to create space
- 2. The side without the ball must press quickly to try and win the ball back or they will give away goalscoring chances
- 3. If the ball is not passed quickly enough between the two sides of the pitch the keeper has time to get into position to save the shot
- 4. If the keeper gathers the ball or when a goal is scored, immediately serve another ball into the game
- 5. It’s a good work out for your keeper who must react to the position of the ball and try and cover the two goals
- 6. When the ball is won in a tackle or intercepted, the team gaining possession must be ready to counterattack at speed using the space on the pitch