Attack At Pace To Score Goals!!!

Opportunities to attack and create goal-scoring chances may only last a few seconds within the game – it is vital that players and teams learn to exploit these crucial periods as effectively as possible!  The following series of activities will develop a clear understanding of the need to ‘Attack at Pace’.

Activity #1:

Set up:

14 Players divided into 2 groups. One group designated ‘Attacking’ group: Other group ‘Defensive’ group.

A central 10×10 grid is organised in the central playing area.

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Diagram A

Instructions:

ATTACKING PLAY – PENETRATION AT PACE:

Play starts with a 3v1 in the central grid – after 3 consecutive passes any player may break forward (dribble or pass) into attack. This creates a 3v1 with the two Strikers positioned outside the 18-yard box. The 3 players must attack at pace and attempt to combine to score.

Rotate defenders and attackers after each 2 repetitions.

1 x 8 minutes

Coaching Points:

  • Attackers:
    • Go at pace – no long passing sequences
  • Strikers:
    • Make angled / curved runs to stay onside and pull away from the lone defender
  • Timing / angle / accuracy of final pass

Progression #1:

Addition of 2 Defensive Players / 2 Fullbacks for Attacking team.

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Diagram B

Play starts with a 3v1 in the central grid – after 3 consecutive passes, any player may break forward (dribble or pass) into attack. This creates a 5v3 with the two Strikers positioned outside the 18-yard box (2 Fullbacks, 2 Strikers, 1 C. Mid vs. a Back-3). The 5 players must attack at pace and attempt to combine to score. Rotate defenders and attackers after each 2 repetitions.

1 x 15 minutes with coaching points

Coaching Points:

  • Fullbacks:
    • Angles / distances of support
    • Timing of runs
  • Strikers:
    • Make angled / curved runs to stay onside and pull away from the lone defender
    • Timing / angle / accuracy of final pass

Progression #2:

Addition of 1 Central Defender for defensive team (to create a Back-4).

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Diagram C

Play starts with a 3v1 in the central grid – after 3 consecutive passes, any player may break forward (dribble or pass) into attack. This creates a 5v4 with the two Strikers positioned outside the 18-yard box (2 Fullbacks, 2 Strikers, 1 C. Mid vs. a Back-4). The 5 players must attack at pace and attempt to combine to score. Rotate defenders and attackers after each 2 repetitions.

1 x 8 minutes with coaching points

Coaching Points:

  • Fullbacks:
    • Angles / distances of support
    • Timing of runs
  • Strikers:
    • Make angled / curved runs to stay onside and pull away from the lone defender
    • Timing / angle / accuracy of final pass