This session is about the movement of strikers in and around the box. We begin with different phases of play, looking at attacking runs across the face of a defender, pulling off the shoulder, plus complex combination moves.
All of these phases replicate movements required on match day, and all enhance our ability to create chances and score goals.
Number of Players
9 (6 attackers,
2 defenders, keeper)
Practice 30mins, development 25mins
What do I get the players to do?
Working on a half pitch, a defender is placed centrally on the edge of the 18-yard box. He is passive at first but can become active after the first three run-throughs. Ten yards further out are three strikers, with two wingers either to the left or the right.
Runs across the face
Attacker 1 passes to attacker 2, who receives the ball on the back foot, then passes to attacker 3. This player collects the ball in his stride, makes a run across the face of the passive defender and takes a shot at goal (1a).
• Having received the pass, the attacker runs across the face of the defender and shoots at goal
As this shot is being despatched, the two wingers combine to send a deep cross into the six-yard box. The attacker advances to finish the move with a header or shot (1b).
• The wingers then combine to send a long pass in to the attacker
Pulling off the shoulder
The move begins as before, though this time attacker 3 receives the pass with his back to the defender. He pulls off the shoulder, turning and despatching a shot (2a). The wingers again combine, though this time a pass is laid down the wing, with a ball across the six-yard box to be finished by the attacker (2b).
• Next, the attacker pulls off the shoulder, spins, and shoots
• Wingers this time overlap on the right to send a square ball into the six-yard box
In the third phase, we add an extra defender and attacker. This time attackers combine on the edge of the box, but instead of shooting, a pass is fed to the wing (3a). The deepest winger overlaps while an attacker negotiates a route through tracking defenders into the penalty box. The winger’s cross is aimed at the onrushing attacker who attempts to score (3b).
• With an additional defender and attacker, play is fed to the left
• In Combination play, the ball is aimed at the attacker, with a defender looking to clear
If involving more players, we run these moves on both flanks within the same phase.
What are the key things to look for technically/tactically?
We are looking for quick passing play in and around the box. We require quality movement from supporting forwards and a direct and purposeful run from theattacker. Timing of runs and good decision making is important, and this can only be developed over time and with practice.
Finally, thestriker must show composure in front of goal as he is finishing with a first-time shot or header.
It’s an engaging session for the players because it’s about creating and scoring goals and that’s what players love to do. It’s an attacking theme, based on expression and creativity with combination play, so players really enjoy it. MORE
This session focuses on the techniques of attacking and defending in and around the penalty area, giving players the opportunity to rehearse not only counter-attacking situations, but to attack and defend crosses from deep and from the by-line. It is a high intensity session that involves plenty of running and lots of accelerations and decelerations. MORE
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