#In possession

Pass to attacker by the goalkeeper

Angelo Schirinzi, 08 Mar 2023


This exercise works on direct attacking play with a long throw‑out from the goalkeeper to an attacker. This frequently used attacking move can destabilise the opposition.


  • This exercise requires 10 outfield players and 2 goalkeepers.

  • Use the full pitch and both goals.

  • Set up two  ball stations, one close to each goal.

  • Place a goalkeeper in each goal and split the players between the ball stations at either end of the pitch.

  • Place an attacker in each penalty area.


  • The player at the ball station plays a backpass to their goalkeeper. The goalkeeper then plays a long throw‑out towards the attacker, who finishes the move with a shot on goal.

  • The goalkeepers at either end of the pitch take it in turns to play the throw‑out to alternate the direction of the attacking sequence.


  • Set up a scenario with 2 attackers v. 1 passive defender in each penalty area. The attackers have a maximum of 4 seconds to score after receiving the ball from the goalkeeper. For their part, the defenders should provide low intensity opposition, without pressing the attackers too hard.

Coaching points

  • Ask the attackers to finish the move swiftly. They can attempt to score with an acrobatic overhead kick and thereby work on their body shape and shooting accuracy.

  • Ask the goalkeepers to practise throwing the ball out accurately and at a good height to help the attackers finish the move with an acrobatic overhead kick.

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