This session emphasizes Forwards / Strikers working as a pair. First, players are coached the various movement options and through repetition and progression the players rehearse the co-ordination and communication necessary to score more goals. The session progresses to include direct opponents (Defenders) and finishes with an 8v8 / 9v9 game.
Here is an excellent session from Stuart Sharp, Head Coach of the U.S. Paralympic Men’s Soccer Team, that focuses on the shadow striker. The shadow striker can be one of the two strikers in a twin striker set up, or it can be the #10 attacking midfielder that often finds himself making penetrating runs into the opponents back line.
The following activities emphasize attacking transitions from central areas of the pitch. The activities begin with players in their defensive roles; on winning possession various scenarios of attacking are introduced and developed. The main emphasis is on breaking forward to support the attack as fast as possible!
Players must learn to dominate in personal duels – in 1v1 as well as small groups (2v1 / 2v2 etc). In modern football (soccer) it is becoming increasingly more difficult for players to create chances to score due to highly organised defensive strategies. For this reason, it is important to develop players who can utilize their awareness, quick decision-making and ability with the ball in tight spaces to create scoring chances.
Here is a high intensity session that focuses on different ways of eliminating the opponent as efficiently as possible. Plenty of 1V1, 2V1, 3V3 and 4V3 scenarios. This is great for attacking in small spaces as well as learning how to defend in an overload situation.
Mick McDermott brings us a session that aims to develop the ability and habit of ‘Quick Transitions in Front’. The platform to allow transitions in front comes from structured defensive organization; each player must know their defensive role – these same players must also know their role on gaining possession in order to create opportunities to attack.
It is vital that players learn to create and exploit passing channels if they are to be effective; especially in congested and compact areas of the pitch. Players must develop an understanding of the key spaces to exploit: Between-the-lines of the opponent, away from the opponent, in-front of opponent etc. Players must also understand and rehearse the correct Positioning, Moment / Timing, Direction and Speed of movements to be most effective.