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Breaking the lines – small-sided game

WHY USE IT

This three-part session focuses on playing through the thirds, breaking lines and creating overloads in attacking scenarios.

SET UP

Set out an area relative to the age and ability of your players. Play with a goal and a keeper at each end, with eight outfield players per team. Split the pitch into thirds.

HOW TO PLAY

Players are encouraged to break lines and play through thirds whenever possible.

This could be done through passing, dribbling, running with the ball or of the ball movement. For the first minute or two, there is total free play to check for transference of learning. As

the game progresses, look to implement challenges (both collective and individual) and conditions to further players’ development.

Individual challenges:

  • If midfielders arrive into the 18 yard box and score = 3 goals
  • Each time defenders break a line by passing or running with the ball = 3 goals

COACHING POINTS

  • Identify when to drive forward with the ball or pass to break lines
  • Movement of the ball to create space, receive, create overloads
  • 1v1 scenarios: positive attacking mindset, speed to dribble

1. Set up with two teams and divide pitch into thirds

2. Teams get bonus goals if a midfielder breaks into 18-yard box to score

3. Teams get bonus goals if a defender breaks a line by passing or running with the ball

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