How to Combine Off Striker Hold Up Play (04-P3)
This practice develops passing and movement with quick, short sharp combinations in tight spaces off the striker.
With players in each corner of the square, player 1 plays a square pass to player 2, who then passes into the striker to set player 1 who crosses over with player 2.
Once connected, a pass is played through to the opposite pair who will repeat the sequence in the opposite direction.
- Attacking Emphasis 100% 100%
- Defending Emphasis 0% 0%
Number of Players
Key Coaching Points: 1 Touch Set /3rd Man Runs
Progression 1: 1-2 Combination to Maintain Flow
After central combination with the striker, the forward running player must play a 1-2 off 1 touch with the support player in the opposite corner, playing the pass into space for the receiving player to run onto. This is key in games, as players look to connect quickly and move onto a moving ball rather than receive one to feet under pressure from defenders, especially in attacking areas where there is space for them to break into.
There are many more progressions that can be applied to this soccer practice, including a coach call for players to change direction, adding another ball, rotating the striker with the passing player on each sequence and much more. Just art is knowing when and how to introduce each one to challenge the team and then individuals specifically.
Key Coaching Points
Timing of movement to meet set from striker
Weight of pass into striker
Control to set oncoming support players
Intelligence to pick up sequence and adapt with progressions
1. What are the challenges you are facing in this practice?
2. How can you move the ball quicker and maintain control?
3. Where on the pitch would you expect to see this and can visualise your movement?