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21

Shooting In & Around The Penalty Area | Skill (21-P2)

Set Up
Practice 2 in Theme 21 Shooting in and around the penalty area, develops short combinations to create 1 v 1s and 2 v 1 situations. We look at the quality of passes played, receivers first touch and speed of attacks.
 
 

Shooting In & Around The Penalty Area

 

Organisation
Players must follow their pass moving onto the next station, with 2 defenders taking it in turns to defend in 1 v 1s; all players must work both ways. If attackers get past defenders they can finish, if defenders win possession they can score in the mini goal, replicating a pass out from the back.
 

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Key Coaching Points
  • Technical | Feint to get away from defender and finishing technique
  • Physical | Speed to accelerate away from defenders
  • Psychological | Remain confident throughout when driving at defenders
 
 

Shooting In & Around The Penalty Area

 

Progressions & Constraints
We can progress to a 2 v 1 situation with an attacker playing up against a single defender working on hold up play and support. We maintain this rotation, allowing all players to play in different positions, with a real focus on timing of passes, forward runs and defender’s decisions to press.

 

 

Key Questions
  • What are the defenders weaknesses and how can you take advantage of these?
  • How do your decisions change in a 2 v 1 compared to 1 v 1 attacking?

 

 

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43

Forward Passing & Support Play | Skill Practice (43-P3)

Set Up / Organisation
This is practice 3 of Coaching Theme 43 Forward Passing, based off the passing genius of Xabi Alonso. With a 4 v 4 based in a 25 by 25 yard central zone, players attempt to break out of this area to create a one v one with a waiting defender and finish in one of the mini goals.
 

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Organisation
  • Possession teams can use their teammates outside of the zone to bounce on one touch to relieve pressure.
 

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Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Progress by allowing an additional defender to step in with the ball on one touch, which then triggers an opposition defender to press in a 5 v 5.
 

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Progressions & Constraints | 2
  • We can progress this further by using the zone line as offside. If a ball is played through for a forward runner who finishes on one touch, the team gets 2 goals.
 

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Key Individual Coaching Points
  • Individual objectives are based on midfield players looking away from the ball for space to penetrate
  • We can then focus on players finding spaces to exploit to receive penetrating passes
 

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Consider..
  • Finally, individual 1 v 1 attacking ability with dribbling in tight spaces can be developed.