The fast and furious free kick practice

If you want your attack to catch the opposition off guard, this frenetic game will have them taking free kicks quicker than they can shout “Usain Bolt”.

Why use it

This quick free kick is designed to catch opponents on the back foot. Without time to organize, they will be caught out not only by the speed of play but the switch of play. As they follow the ball, one or two attackers sneak around the back of the defense into great positions for a shot at goal.

Set up

Use your pitch from just inside the opposition half. You need balls, bibs, cones and two teams.

How to play

Every player needs to be alert during this game. It is a good idea to give the free kick a name that can be called out so everyone moves. The kicker could shout “Usain Bolt” so your players know it’s a quick free kick.

Technique

The element of surprise will give your team a big advantage, especially if the free kick is near the halfway line with players unaware of the danger. Fast movement and a switch of play should be enough to create a chance for your players to score but if one of your players fails to move quickly, the exercise will break down.