Players lost their scoring touch? Get them into positions to hit the target more frequently. By JOHN WILLIAMS MORE
Encourages forwards and attacking midfielders to score from varying distances and angles. It highlights fast and efficient movement in the attacking third of the pitch and will improve players’ composure in front of goal.
Set up the practice in the attacking third of the field. We have used four defenders, two ‘crossers’ and four attackers. You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals, with a keeper in each.
The attacker dribbles at the defender, cuts infield, and finishes on goal 1. After that, he makes a penetrating run to meet a cross and finish on goal 2. He then becomes the new crosser. Defenders provide varying degrees of pressure to close down and track the movement of attackers. Practice alternately takes place from left and right sides of pitch.
Players must attack the defender at pace, creating sufficient space to shoot quickly. Subsequent movement to finish from the cross should be timed and angled appropriately. It is critical the attacker gets in front of his defensive marker to attack the ball.