Drills and Exercises
Inspired by Croatia’s journey to the WC Final and in particular by the play of their midfielders Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić, here is a simple 7V7 training game that will encourage your players to join into the attack from deeper positions.
Cavani’s winning goal for Uruguay over Portugal in the round of 16 was a 3V3 to goal with a trailing defender. Clinical execution, clinical finish under pressure on the worlds biggest stage. Try the following activity with your players and reference Cavani and Uruguay.
Want to improve your players composure under pressure when finishing in and around the penalty box? Want your players to develop a relentless mentality taking defenders on in front of the goal? Want to give your GKs plenty of repetitions with reaction saves? This high intensity and competitive 1V1 finishing activity will have your players buzzing!
These activities develop ‘Decision-Making’ and ‘Awareness’ in restricted spaces and teaches the concept of ‘Orientation’ in order to find passing lanes to receive the ball. Orientation refers to a players ability to constantly scan, see and process the information around him in order to support a faster decision.
Breaking down an opponent that is organized and compact can prove difficult for many teams; it requires passing ability, dribbling ability, awareness, quick decision-making etc. On the reverse side; coaching players to remain organized and compact while defending is also crucial for success. The following activities / session develops both the attacking concepts as well as the defensive concepts of a 4-man midfield.