Encourage your players to link up and support out wide in three different ways. By JOHN WILLIAMS MORE
This practice allows players to work on movements and combinations to successfully play out from the back, under a realistic level of pressure.
Mark out a rectangle playing area with halfway line for reference. One team is organised with two full- backs, a centre-back, a number 4 and a number 8 in one half, with a 9/10 (centre-forward) situated on the opposing baseline. The defending team play with three defenders inside the half where the ball starts.
Objective is for the 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 to combine, looking to work an opportunity to penetrate the halfway line and pass to the 9/10. As the ball transfers across, the 4 and 8, the full-backs and the defending team move to support in the half of the ball. Progressions: Players may only play forward off a first- time pass. Alter numbers centrally to increase difficulty for 4 and 8. Before breaking halfway line, 4 or 8 must play a one-touch pass.
Encourage movement of perimeter players to offer constant support. Players also need to consider weight and accuracy of pass, body shape of 4 and 8 to see/play forward, disguise and creativity to combine centrally.
1. Reds begin with a centre- back, two full-backs and two centre-midfielders in one half, under pressure from three defenders
2. Reds work an opening to play into their centre- forward, and move to support the play
3. Play switches to the other half of the area and reds aim to work the ball back again