Give your back line a good work-out and ensure they can block any move from wide. By MICHAEL BEALE MORE
This soccer coaching drill session looks at how defenders who run out from the back with the ball can create overload situations in midfield, making them a valuable attacking weapon.
You need to get your defenders moving quickly with the ball out of defence in to the available space. You are looking for an end product. In this soccer (football) drill the end product is a pass but in a match it could be a shot or a cross.
What to think about in the soccer drill
Set up an area of 40 x 30 yards, divided into two 40 x 15 yard channels. Place two gates about 5-10 yards in from the ends along the centre line.
How to run the soccer drill
You can advance this soccer drill by getting both groups to start with a ball at the same time. After the player controls the ball, the next player immediately behind them in the group gives chase.
Make sure players alternate running with the ball and chasing.
Play a small-sided game
Tony Carr is the Academy Director of West Ham United in the English Premier League and the editor of the Smart Sessions soccer coaching plans – they come in advanced and core versions. You can get Smart Sessions dropping into your inbox every week by clicking here.
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