This training plan is designed to focus on defending against an opponent whose key threats are identified and incorporated within the session. MORE
The session is about attacking and defending play both wide and central. As well as encouraging attacking angles, movement, link-up play and positivity in front of goal, it also gives defenders practice, in 1v1s and in dealing with crosses into the box. It also influences their decision-making in terms of when to keep a high line and when to drop.
We’ll do this session regularly as players always enjoy it, and it can be run in any type of weather such is its fast-moving nature
|Balls, cones, goals|
|Number of Players|
|16 plus 2 keepers|
Zone One (1) looks at the roles of midfield players – a 6v2 working on attacking and defending crosses; while Zone Two becomes a 4v2 attack through the middle of the pitch.
We set up as shown using 16 players plus two keepers – six midfield players, four defenders, four centre-forwards and two wide men. The midfielders are positioned as two behind either goal and two on the halfway line.
The initial focus is on the runs of centre-forwards into the box both at front and back posts, with midfield players making late runs into the box to pick up second balls. Zone Two (2) looks at quick play in and around the box, with both combining to stimulate good movement from strikers in going long and coming short, as well as breaks down the side. Offsides apply in both zones.
To progress we will work on midfielders playing first touch into strikers. Can they play one-touch or do they have to take two? We can also put extra effort into developing the forward runs (short and long, down the sides) plus work on communication.
We want to see players receiving balls under pressure, with the right weight of pass and good movement. Centre-forwards must be careful not to run offside too easily, while defenders must be smart because they are always outnumbered, so we must keep an eye on positional play, especially from crosses.
We will rotate defenders regularly, switching them between zones after four or five attacks so they have to deal with two sides of defending.
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