Attacking Pattern Play

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Observed by SoccerSpecific.com Staff – Tottenham Hotspurs U18’s training.

Activity #1:

Warm-up 1

Set Up:

Players in groups of 2 working on various exercises, with and without the ball at 8 stations. Players work for 1 minute at each station. For some stations the players will work together. For others, one player will serve while the other player works.

Diagram A
Diagram A

Explanation:

Station 1: Server throws ball over the head of a mannequin for his partner to jump and head back. After he heads the ball he backs up to the cone and repeats
Station 2: Serve plays the ball on threground to the left of a mannequin. Partner plays the ball back, backs up to cone then passes from the other side.
Station 3: Players do fast foot work through the ladders and accelerate past the cone
Station 4: Player sprints to the first ball and dribbles back to line then sprints to second ball and so on.

Activity #2:

Warm-up 2

Setup:

Players in groups of 2 working on various exercises, with and without the ball at 8 stations. Players work for 1 minute at each station. For some stations the players will work together. For others, one player will serve while the other player works.

Diagram B
Diagram B

Explanation:

Session 5: Player dribbles at mannequin, does a move, then repeats at second mannequin and accelerates to the line.
Session 6: Player sprints and picks up ball and runs to line. When he collects all three he runs them out.
Session 7: Players passes the ball through the gate and then hops over the cone. Partner plays back.
Session 8: Players use skipping ropes

Activity #3:

Pattern Play

Set Up:

Midfield players and forwards working on half a field. Server with a supply of balls on half way line. Mannequins placed in positions representing four defenders and two central midfielders. Keeper in goal.

Diagram C
Diagram C

Explanation:

Server plays to player 1. 1 turns and plays to 2. 2 plays a give and go with 3. 2 crosses into the penalty area for 1 and 3 to finish. Work right side with players 1-2-3 then left side with players A-B-C.

Coaching Points:

  • Work on back foot
  • Come show for the ball
  • Let ball run across body
  • Good technique on give and go – timing of run off the ball
  • Forward-3 plays wide into space for winger-2 to run onto
  • Forward-3 hit space late – time run into the penalty area – near post if possible
  • Timing of run of midfielder-1 into the penalty area
  • Quality of finish.

Activity #4:

Pattern Play 2

Set Up:

Midfield players and forwards working on half a field. Server with a supply of balls on half way line. Mannequins placed in positions representing four defenders and two central midfielders. Keeper in goal.

Diagram D
Diagram D

Explanation:

Server plays to player 1. 1 turns and plays to 3. 3 plays back to 1. 1 plays down the line for 2 to run onto. 2 crosses into the penalty area for 1 and 3 to finish. Work right side with players 1-2-3 then left side with players A-B-C.

Coaching Points:

  • Player 1 comes for the ball and does a half turn to play forward
  • Player 2 checks to the ball to drag ┬┤defender┬┤ away then runs down the line.
  • Forward-3 hit space late – time run into the penalty area – near post if possible
  • Timing of run of midfielder-1 into the penalty area
  • Quality of finish.

Activity #5:

Pattern Play 3

Set Up:

Same set up as two previous activities.

Diagram E
Diagram E

Explanation:

Combine two previous activities and use all attacking players. Server plays to player 1 or 4. 1 or 4 turns and plays to 3 or 5. 3 or 5 can play back (to 1 or 4) or play wide for wingers (2 or 6) to cross.

Coaching Points:

  • Same coaching points as two previous activities
  • Timing of runs of two forwards 3 and 5 into the penalty area
  • Late run of 2 or 6 into the back post
  • Timing of midfield runners 1 or 4 making late run into the penalty area.

Activity #6:

6v3

Set Up:

Same set up as two previous activities. Replace two central defender mannequins with two live players.

Diagram F
Diagram F

Explanation:

Combine two previous activities and use all attacking players. Server plays to player 1 or 4. 1 or 4 turns and plays to 3 or 5. 3 or 5 can play back (to 1 or 4) or play wide for wingers (2 or 6) to cross.

Coaching Points:

  • Same coaching points as two previous activities
  • Timing of runs of two forwards 3 and 5 into the penalty area
  • Late run of 2 or 6 into the back post.
  • Timing of midfield runners 1 or 4 making late run into the penalty area.

Activity #7:

11v11

Set Up:

Two teams, Red and Yellow play 11v11 on a full field or three quarter field.

Diagram G
Diagram G

Explanation:

Free play, no restrictions with players in regular positions.

Coaching Points:

  • Look for attacking combinations worked on throughout practice.