Football Practice Set Up: Striker & Winger Combination Play - Skill (1056-P1)

This attacking crossing and finishing practice has a clear focus on developing possession and effective movement in the final third. Our set up shows us using half a pitch with 3 areas as shown with 15 x 10 yard dimensions. In each deeper area, we have a 2 v 1 replicating CM and Inside FB players v Opposition MF player and in our advanced area we have our single striker against a single defender, with wide players rotating in each channel.
Objective is for attacking team to make passes in each area before releasing wide player creating 3 v 1 in the box with ST, opposite wide player and joining MF runner to score from cross. If defending player wins possession, they can score in either mini goal as shown.

Player Focus

Strength to hold ball up - Movement to lose DF - Timing of forward runs - Delivery of cross



Key Coaching Questions:
  • How can Defender win possession after strikers first touch? How does this affect the practice if constrained?
  • What supporting runs can you make to support striker and make runs in the box for cross?
Progression 1:
  • 2 MFs can now join in and 1 defender can recover from boxes, creating a 4 v 2 from cross. 
Key Coaching Questions:
  • How does this progression influence runs from deeper areas?
  • Can players get across the near post to cause problems? How does this impact on defender and GK during cross? 
Article Description This attacking crossing and finishing practice has a clear focus on developing possession and effective movement in the final third.

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