Play through the thirds and create attacking overloads in this three-part session. By MATTHEW MOUNTFORD MORE
On the half-turn – small-sided game
WHY USE IT
This small-sided game, played through the thirds, tests players’ understanding of using their body shape to allow them to play forward.
Mark out a pitch relative to the age and ability of your players. Divide pitch into thirds. The game is played as a 7v7 including two goalkeepers.
HOW TO PLAY
Transfer the ball through the thirds. It must be played through each zone before going for goal. To start, only the forwards can go for goal (this can be progressed later) and players are locked into their thirds. The idea is to work for space in the zones to allow players to play forward using the techniques learned in the two previous games.
Progression 1: Striker can set midfielder to shoot.
Progression 2: Players can move into zones to create overloads but they must have at least one outfield player in each zone.
Progression 3: Take all lines out and play freely.
- Play forward on half-turn whenever possible
- If we can’t play forward play around or backwards
- Control the tempo of game when in possession
- Support the play when you can move through zones