Focus on forward runs and encourage positive forward movement linked to patient buildup play and good pitch geography. MORE
This session is all about playing off the front men to get in behind the opposition’s defence. It will also help develop possession to create good opportunities to play into either of the two strikers up front – and then it works to improve combination play between the strikers or link play with midfielders to get in behind the opposition. It will have your team looking to slide balls between defenders or using wingers in wide areas.
It possesses all the key elements of the game and is very match realistic for players. The closer you keep training sessions to the game itself, the more engaging it is for players, and hopefully they can relate the work to what you want them to replicate in a real game.
With the session taking place with 20 players in a relatively small area, it will ensure that it is performed at a good tempo because players must move the ball quickly and move off the ball to achieve success.
This could be used as a session for a Tuesday or Thursday in a normal week with the team playing on a Saturday. It can be used to try to build relationships with players within the team, especially a front two partnership. It is also an ideal session for trying things out with new signings and partnerships within the team. It would generally be a training session focused on our approach when playing in a 4-4-2 formation and how we want to play when we have the ball.
|Up to 60×40 yards|
|Balls, bibs, cones, 2 full size goals|
|Number of Players|
|20 players + 2 goalkeepers|
Each part: 20mins
We would tend to use this overload practice after a warm-up (not shown). Set up an area of 30×30 yards. We are using 20 players, divided into two teams of 10. Five players from each team alternate around the outside, while a 5v5 is played inside the area, as shown .
The aim for each team is to keep possession by moving the ball quickly with their team mates.
Set up a 60×40 playing area and divide it into four zones, as shown .
It’s 10v10 and players now set up in their respective shapes for this directional game.
The key to getting the ball to the strikers in the 10v10 game is the ability of the defenders and the midfielders to play forward – body shape is important so when players receive the ball they can see both the passer of the ball and the forward players. This means body shape must be side on to the pass with first touch key to the movement and passing ability of the player.
The positioning of the midfield players is also important. It is vital that they are in positions to receive the pass and have options further forward, as this is key to moving the ball through the zones and setting up the strikers with a through ball on goal.
Set up on your pitch, using the space between the two penalty areas, with the wings coned off, as shown .
Play a game with normal 11v11 rules but with the twist that if the ball is played to the striker in the build up to a goal, it counts double. This reinforces the main theme of the session.
Encourage quick passing into strikers and movement to support them from the midfielders. You want to see teams attacking and scoring.