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Breakthrough to shoot

Overview

This game encourages the team in possession to dribble the ball and beat defenders in order to break out of the central zone and into the end zones to shoot at goal.

Set up

  • Pitch 50yds x 30yds including two 15yd end zones

See complete set up here

What you get your players to do

The game is played in the central zone. Each team attacks one end zone and defends one end zone. The aim is to get the ball out of the central zone and into the opponent’s end zone by dribbling past defenders. Passing is not allowed. Once inside the end zone the player with the ball is allowed to have a free shot at goal

Rules

  • The game is played for ten minutes
  • The game is played in the central zone
  • Attackers must dribble into the end zones and shoot at goal
  • Defenders are not allowed to run back into the end zone to tackle
  • If the ball leaves the side of the pitch then the game is restarted with a pass in from where the ball went out

Development/progression

Once inside the end zone you can increase the difficulty for the attacker by reducing the number of touches the player is allowed to take. This forces the attacker to shoot at goal quickly, creating a sense of pressure.

 

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Breakthrough to shoot - part 1

Breakthrough to shoot is played in the central zone.

Breakthrough to shoot - part 2

The aim is to dribble out of the central zone into the opponent’s end zone.

Breakthrough to shoot - part 3

Once in the end zone the attacker has a free shot at goal. Reduce the number of touches to up the difficulty factor.

 

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