Activity of the Week
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.
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.
Here is an alternative look at a high paced finishing activity. Play is initiated with a penetrating ball to the center forward #9 and joined by wide players and a trailing midfielder coming on to the play. Plug in your personnel to customize your objectives and provide plenty of game related repetitions for your defenders and attackers.
These activities emphasize quick ball circulation and movement in order to move and disrupt the defensive block to create space to attack.
Thanks to Paul Riley and the rest of the staff at NWSL’s Carolina Courage, I was fortunate enough to see a training game that I had never seen before. It will be added to my training games library immediately as it ticks a number of necessary youth player development boxes.