Practise producing the perfect defence-splitting through ball with this variation on Piggy in the Middle. MORE
The ball cannot be played over the top of the shaded zones, it can only be played through the ‘tunnel’.
Players can use the width of the pitch in the end zones.
Only the neutral players are allowed in the shaded zone.
Initially, the neutral players are only allowed to move along the 30 yard central line, in the development they can move along the entire length of the pitch.
Improves central attacking and defending.
Passing forward with straight or diagonal passes, close control and dribbling, defending centrally and forcing outside.
Area: 60×40 yards with a channel approx 30×24 yards in the centre. Wide areas in front of the goals
Players: 10, plus floaters if you have extra players
Equipment: Two goals, balls
What To Call Out
“Show to middle”
Restrict the defenders when in the end zones to only two touches. Once the ball enters the ‘tunnel’ revert to unlimited touches.
Position floaters in the wide area to give attackers the option to play out wide for the floating player to cross. Encourage attacking and defensive headers at this point.
Don’t overcrowd the game as space will be at a premium, but use a realistic area to add pressure.