|Age: 12-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 30 mins||Positions: 2,3,4,5,6|
|Players: 11+||Area: 60x45 yrds|
- To train outside defenders in assessing and playing forward passes.
- Build up play out of the back.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Mark out a half pitch area. 2 x 5yrd gates are placed behind the half way line, preferably using training poles or flags. Keep a collection of balls at the yellow cone in the 'D' area of the penalty area for re-starts.
- 5 attackers (Yellow)
- 5 defenders (Orange)
- 1 goalkeeper (Green)
- A no go zone can be marked out to indicate an area of the field not to be entered by the players. This helps focus the game in the correct area of the pitch.
- In the example above the orange (defending team) regains possession of the football as the re-start position.
- The function is always started from the yellow cone where a defender plays a pass to the outside defender (right defender). As soon as D1 passes the ball the yellow attacker may leave the cone and pressure the outside back.
- D2 now looks up and assesses his/her forward passing options.
- The game continues from this point until the ball it out of play, a goal has been scored or a free-kick occurs.
- The orange team combines to try and score through the yellow pole gates.
- If the yellow team intercept a pass they attack the full size goal and attempt to score within 5 passes. This condition leads to the attacking team getting the ball back quickly.
- For more advanced teams this can be reduced to 5 touches before a shot on goal has to be taken.
- After 5 minutes change the roles of the two teams.
- 2 teams compete.
- The yellow team scores a point by scoring on the regular full size goal and the orange team scores by passing through the yellow gate goals.
- The outside right defender (outside flank) must move into a wide position at the start of the function.
- D2 (The right sided defender) must open his body to the field and control with his right foot from the pass from D1.
- First touch should be forward.
- Head up upon receiving the pass.
- Scan the playing area for forward passing options.
- Technique of the appropriate pass (i.e. driven pass, clipped, instep, bent passes into runs).
- Ball can be dropped if there are no passing options back to D1 who should take up a supporting position. Keeping possession is key.
- After D2 has passed forward can they step forward to support or overlap?
- The midfielders and attacking play need to take up positions and angles where they can support: A - D3 makes a run into a wide channel. Also creating more space for the forward to receive the ball. B - The forward (D5) checks short into the hole between the forwards and the midfield. Also known as the 'attacking seem' area. C - The centre mid (D4) checks in short to receive a pass.
- Switch the 'No Go Zone' to the other side of the field to work with the left defender.
- Remove the 'No Go Zone' and add a left sided defender and play to both sides. Another Yellow player can be added if needed.
- Restart pattern should be - D1 passes back to the goalkeeper who distributes to the right defender.
- Restart pattern should be - D4 lays a pass back to D2 from the centre of the field.