This set is set up to improve general movement in players when they are in possession of the ball and attacking the opposition goal MORE
Many of us feel our teams can become rigid and predictable. In contrast, all great sides have flexibility in the way they play, so here’s a practice that offers just that.
How to play it:
- Set up an area as shown above.
- I play this as a 5v5 but you can use any team numbers from 3v3 right up to 8v8.
- Put two coned goals on each five-yard channel (protected by one neutral keeper on each side) and one target goal at each end.
- Teams can score in each other’s single target goal, but can also score in any of the side-coned goals (although a team taking possession from a neutral keeper must attack the opposite side or the target goal first).
- Play for 10 minutes.
- You can step up the sessions by adding the rule that players can only score in the side goals by dribbling the ball through.
Technique and tactics
- This is a fast-paced game that, in essence, sees teams defending and attacking five goals each.
- With opportunities and threats coming from all directions, players need to be aware of all that’s going on around them.
- The game’s open nature means that playing “sideways” is potentially as productive as moving forward, thus teaching players to consider all directions of play.