EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Tunnel Vision

The Rules

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.

Objectives

Improves central attacking and defending.

Key Skills

Passing forward with straight or diagonal passes, close control and dribbling, defending centrally and forcing outside.

Set Up

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

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Tunnel Vision Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

The ball may only be played through the ‘tunnel’.

 

Tunnel Vision Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

Restrict players to two touches in the end
zones, unlimited in the ‘tunnel’.

 

Tunnel Vision Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

Position floaters in the wide area to encourage
attackers to play wide for crosses.

 

What To Call Out

“Play forward”
“Dribble”
“Shoot”
“Go wide”
“Show to middle”

Development

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.

Hint

Don’t overcrowd the game as space will be at a premium, but use a realistic area to add pressure.

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