Score in every direction

This training session is all about the ability to control the ball by passing in tight areas, taking advantage of moments of transition, and being coordinated to change the direction and angle of attack.

Set up

Set up an area of 45×30 yards split into three 15-yard zones. In the centre zone you need two target goals on either side. We’ve used 14 players. You need balls, bibs, cones, four mini goals and two normal goals.

How to play it

Use two teams of six plus two neutral keepers. Play a 6v6 in the middle zone. Explain to your players that the two outer zones are numbered ‘one’ and ‘two’ and that at any time the coach can call the number of the zone and the players attack the goal at that end.
Scoring in one of the target goals in the centre zone is worth one point and scoring in the large goals is worth two points. Play offside when the coach changes the attack to the large goals.


The coaching points in this session are really good: decision-making, communication, timing of movement, skills and coordination. See if your players can cope with the changes of direction.

    1. Play starts each time with a pass from the coach into one of the teams in the centre zone

      2. Play stays in the centre zone and players must try to score in the small target goals in the zone to get a point

        3. When the coach shouts out one of the zones, the game moves into that zone and the team in possession tries to score in the main goal for two points

          4. Use the lines marking the edge of the central zone to call offsides

            5. Here the coach calls “Zone 2” and a player makes a long pass into space as for his team-mates and two points are scored

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