This week’s activity works on elements of both attacking and defending; Individual as well as small group defending principles can be emphasized within a numbers-down situation. Attacking principles as well as scoring / finishing in a confined area are also addressed.
Squad of 18-20 players are split into 2 groups and positioned as shown. Goalkeepers are positioned in full-size goals.
SMALL GROUP ATTACK / DEFEND:
Play starts with a pass from the end line Player (A) to wide Player (B) positioned between the flags; Player (B) must receive the ball with the first touch and drive inside the playing area – Player (A) immediately overlaps to enter the playing area; Player (C) also enters. Simultaneously two defenders from the opposite team now enter the pitch – this creates a 3v2 scenario. The attacking team must attempt to score as quickly as possible. The Defensive players can win possession and counter-attack the opposite goal.
After any shot, ball out of play the sequence is repeated from the opposite side of the pitch – alternate attacks from each team.
2 x 6-8 minutes
- Go at pace
- Quality of finishing
- Decision to penetrate or pass?
- Close opponents down
- Cut off pass angles
- Shot blocking
- Communication with goalkeeper