Early scanning of opportunities to score in relation to position of defender and decision of which goal best to initially attack.
• Attackers awareness of position of defender, creating space and making supporting runs to receive initial pass from coach.
• Attackers combining and working as a pair to deceive and elude defender.
• Choices on techniques and skills to use to suit challenges set by defender positions and defensive structure.
• Receiving attacker getting into line of ball and receiving with good 1st touch, using appropriate controlling surface.
• Recognising when to shoot early and turn balls around defender to full effect.
• Area 15x15yds, with small goals positioned on centre of each line, as illustrated.
• 5 players arranged 2 attackers v 3 defenders, as shown in the diagram.
• Coach with supply of balls at side.
• Practice starts with: coach passes ball in to attacker, moving into space.
• Attackers combine to attack any of 4 goals, defended by 3 defender.
• Following goal or defensive regain of possession: play stops, players re-establish position and practice
restarts from coach’s service.
• Rotate roles and practice recommences with initial set-up arrangements.
• Size of area can be adjusted according to age and ability of players.
• Practice operates at high tempo for limited time, determined by coach.
• Continuous assessment by attackers on when to pass, shoot, or dribble, as the practice alters with changing positions
• Support play and communication between attackers and defender as units.
• Simple progressions for this practice are:
- Add to number of players in practice to change overload (e.g. 3v3, 4v3 etc).
- If defender gain possession: play ball quickly to team mate to score in a goal not being directly protected by them.
- Tackling/intercepting defender quickly counter-attacks by dribbling/ driving with ball to furthest goal away.
- If defender gain possession: need to make wall pass before being able to score.