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Pressing and covering – Warm Up

WHY USE IT

This 2v2 +2 warm-up enables players to begin understanding the concepts of pressing and covering with plenty of opportunities for repetition. Regular transitions will also introduce the principle of delaying and the idea of recovery runs.

SET UP

Place to mini goals at each end of the area. Players are split into teams of two, with one team acting as neutrals.

HOW TO PLAY

The two neutral players position themselves one at each end, between the mini goals. The other two pairs play 2v2 in the middle of the area, and can only score by receiving a pass back from one of the neutral players. Play first to two goals, the winning team stays on and the losing team switch with the neutral players.

COACHING POINTS

Coaches can encourage players to keep the play in front of them when they are out of possession and to deny central passes. Allow players opportunities for self-discovery at this stage of the session, by allowing them to explore through trial and error and by posing relevant questions.

1. Start 2v2 with a neutral player at each end

2. Teams must look to play into the neutral player

3. They can only score by receiving a pass back from the neutral player first

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