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Finishing an attack

FIFA, 23 Nov 2021

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The session starts with a rondo, played in a circle-shaped field. It then moves on to an exercise that creates constant 2v2 situations against different defenders. The last part of the session is a 5v5 with two goals. Here, players are encouraged to use the outside channels to provoke attacks down the wings.

Warm-up: Keep-ball

Organisation:

  • Organise a circle of players, with two defenders in the middle
  • Challenge the players to complete ten passes without the ball being intercepted by the defenders. If a defender wins the ball, he/she swaps with the player on the outside who lost it
  • Give an extra point for a pass that splits the two defenders
  • Reduce the size of the circle

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Begin with just one player in the middle
  • Allow the players to throw and catch the ball in a smaller circle

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Vary the conditions for the passes/control: e.g. two-touch/one-touch/weaker foot
  • Bar the players from passing to those immediately to either side of them

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you make early decisions and know where you will pass to before the ball comes to you?
  • How can you disguise your pass to trick the defender(s)?
  • How can you help your team-mates?

Safety tips 

  • Make sure you rotate the players in the middle, as they will get tired very quickly

 

Skill development: 2v2 decision-making and scoring game

Organisation:

  • Create three teams of four, plus two goalkeepers
  • Each team takes a turn at being the attackers – two in each half
  • Every time the attackers take a ball from the middle, two defenders can enter the area to try to block/defend the shot
  • You can mix the colours, so two attackers from different teams go at a time against a combination of defenders
  • Each player should remember how many goals he/she scores each time, so you can work out the winning team at the end
  • Limit the number of balls in each half to six

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Start by allowing just one defender per half

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make the pitch bigger, so the attackers have further to travel with the ball
  • This will also give the defenders more time to intervene

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can the attackers try to shoot early?
  • Can the second attacker try to follow up every shot?
  • Can the defenders be brave and run into the line of the shot to make a block?

Safety tips

  • Only one ball should be used at a time each half
  • The defenders should only enter after the attackers have touched the new ball

 

Game application: 6v6 channel game

 Organisation:

  • Create two teams of up to 6v6 on a small pitch with two channels down the sides of the pitch
  • One player from the team in possession can enter the channels and then play a cross or take a shot from wide positions
  • Encourage the teams to play into the channels as early as possible; the wide player can then decide whether to shoot or cross
  • The other attackers should try to score from the cross, or to deflect the shot/convert any rebounds

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Give one team an extra player
  • Start with no goalkeepers

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Play with less players
  • One defender can be allowed into the safe zone

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try and play the ball early into the wide zone?
  • Can you think about how to score from a cross?
  • If you shoot from a wide angle, where should you typically aim for and why?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between pitches

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