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Play through the thirds – Practice 2

WHY USE IT

This practice introduces goalkeepers into positional play and works on transition while developing ability to support and then play through the field.

 

SET UP

Mark out an area with a halfway line (two 30×40 grids). Each end line has a goalkeeper, while all other players start in one half. The goalkeeper in that half starts with the ball. Play 6v6 plus a neutral player.

 

HOW TO PLAY

Teams aim to receive the ball from one goalkeeper and transfer the ball to the goalkeeper on the opposite end line. Start with a condition that says teams must play at least four passes before switching the play, but this can be altered as the session progresses. All players then move to support the play in opposite half of the pitch.

 

TECHNIQUE

Encourage quick play and combination play while helping goalkeepers develop the ability to provide an option to receive, and play into the outfield players, who are moving to support.

1. Area is split into halves, with a goalkeeper on each end line. All outfield players start in one half

2. The goalkeeper plays out to Reds, who attempt to make a minimum set number of passes before transferring the ball to the opposite goalkeeper

3. All outfield players then move to support the play in the opposite half of the pitch

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