INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Three Strikes

In this fun and challenging training exercise your players will have to be accurate at speed to win the game.

Why use it

Accuracy and pace are very strong attributes in the attacking toolbox of young players. There are decisions to be made in this game and a lot of ball control is involved.

Set up

Set up an area of 10×10 yards with three cones at one end and with a ball on each cone. At the other end you need two cones one yard in at either side, plus two more making a one-yard wide gate. We have used six players but you can use more – just add more balls on cones.

How to play

Split players into two teams of three. One team stands by the gate ready to try to knock balls off the cones, and one team is made up of chasers. They do battle in a series of 1v1s. The chaser dribbles to the gate and stops the ball with the sole of his foot – this is the trigger for an attacker to pick up the ball and run with it to knock a cone off. The chaser, who carries on his run around the turning cone, then tries to get back to defend. Players take it in turns trying to knock a ball off a cone – then swap the teams.

Technique

A great game for improving accuracy, this session is not as easy as it looks. Testing accuracy under pressure while dribbling at speed is a good way to improve a striker’s all round play.

    1. Play starts with a dribble to the gate by a defender who stops the ball and then runs around the cone to try to get in front of the attacker
    2. The attacker must take over the ball from the defender and dribble at speed before the defender can catch him and knock a ball off one of the cones

    3. The position of the top cone can make it harder or easier for the defender – the closer to the gate it is, the less ground the defender has to cover
    4. The striker must get as close as possible to the cone before knocking the ball off

    5. The top cone is the hardest to get because it is nearest to the defender, so the attacking team must talk tactics about which of them goes for which ball
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