|Age: 15-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 25 mins||Positions: 7,8,10,11|
|Players: 15||Area: 70x60 yrds|
- Coach developing forward runs off the ball.
- Coach Interchanging of positions to create space.
- Coach a team to create space in the final third of the pitch.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Mark out an area of full pitch width and approximately 60yrds long (i.e. 10-15 yrds over the half way line).
- Place 2 gate goals on the 60yrd line.
- Play 8vs6 + GK.
- One of the eight attacking players has to hold and be the server (i.e. cannot go forward much).
- Defenders attempt to play the ball out through one of the target gates.
- The 6 defenders win the ball they have 5 passes to play the ball through a gate goal to score.
- Attacking team plays a 3-3-2 and the defending team plays a 3-2-1 with a GK. This allows for good spacing to develop the session.
- The start position is D1 hitting a mishit pass into the central playing area to A1 (this can be on the ground or driven to simulate a clearance. From there the attacking players combine to create scoring opportunities. The following types of runs, shown in the diagram below should be coached. Where and when to do these. Play with offside to create realism.
- Diagonal (Through runs)
- 2 teams compete and attempt to score.
- The attacking team scores by scoring on the goal.
- The defending team scoring in the gate goals.
- Runs to create space for yourself to receive.
- Runs to create space for another teammate.
- Pull defenders out of position to create passing channels for other players to run into.
- Develop In to Out runs. Start central and then run diagonally wide.
- Develop Out to In runs. Start wide and runs in centrally (again diagonally).
- Runs coming from deep (i.e. behind the ball). Overlapping and diagonal.
- Checking runs into the seam area between the defense and midfield of the opposition.
- Discuss straight passes onto diagonal through runs.
- Discuss diagonal passes onto straight runs.
- Interchange of positions. I.e. right mid checks inside and forward checks outside.
- Head up of the passing players to spot good well timed runs.
- Runs should be initiated on a look up from a midfielder/defender (eye contact).
- Awareness of other players to recognize space created for them by other player runs.
- Timing of runs needs to be excellent. Work on it!
Diagram 2. - Displaying Potential Forward Run Options.