Help your players make quicker and better decisions with this three-part session. By Matthew Thomas MORE
Break out and score
WHY USE IT
This is a great session for possession and speed of play in midfield, with quick ball speed important to replicate match situations. It also helps the movement of strikers to create space and works on their receiving skills. The key is if the forward pass be spotted early.
Use the centre of your pitch and mark out a zone the width of your penalty area made into a square around the centre circle. Place the goals at an angle. We’ve used two teams of seven.
HOW TO PLAY
The coach serves to start a team attacking. This team must make four passes before releasing the ball to a midfield runner who breaks out of the zone. A defender can follow to try to win the ball. If the defending team wins the ball in the central area, they can counter-attack straight away – and one player is again allowed to run out of the zone to attack. Restarts are with the coach.
The forward pass to the runner needs accuracy and a good weight and selection of pass. Counter-attacking runs need good timing, and good finishing.