Attacking Patterns to Goal

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Try these Attacking Patterns to Goal with your attacking players! Focus on the timing of runs, properly timed and weighted through balls, dealing with a recovering defender and finishing under pressure. These repetitions are good for working on principles of defending as well.

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Variation #1:

Setup:

Attacking pattern to goal variation #1 with the front 4. A back four vs. three forwards and the #10. Coach has a group of balls between half field and the bottom of the circle and dictates the point and frequency of the attack. An additional group of 4 attacking players are waiting on deck and alternate reps.

Attacking Patterns to Goal 1 | SoccerSpecific

Instructions:

As shown in the diagram, the coach plays the ACM who lays it back to the coach. The ball is then played to the #7 who lays it back to the #10 who slips the #9 through to goal. The #9 dribbles at pace and can either shoot it or slip it across to the #11 for a first time finish.

Coaching Points:

  • Basic movement on and off the ball by the front 4 attacking players in a 4-3-3 formation
  • Timing of runs
  • Visual cues
  • Weight of the pass
  • Quality of the pass
  • Movement off the ball
  • Staying on side
  • Sealing off the defenders
  • Shaping your shot and quality of the finish

Variation #2:

Setup:

Attacking pattern to goal variation #2 with the front 4. A back four vs. the three forwards and the #10. Coach has a group of balls betwen half field and the bottom of the circle and dictates the point and frequency of the attack. An additional group of 4 attacking players are waiting on deck and alternate reps.

Instructions:

As shown in the diagram, the coach plays the ACM who lays it back to the coach. As the play develops, the #9 comes off the defender at an angle and receives the pass from the coach, the #10 has already started his run across in order to play the #11 through to goal. #11 can either finish himself or slip it to #7.

Coaching Points:

  • Basic movement on and off the ball by the front 4 attacking players in a 4-3-3 formation
  • Timing of runs
  • Visual cues
  • Weight of the pass
  • Quality of the pass
  • Movement off the ball
  • Staying on side
  • Sealing off the defenders
  • Shaping your shot
  • Quality of the finish