Penetrating into the Final Third

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Penetration is known as the first principle of attacking. As the spaces grow tighter when a team progresses up the field, it becomes more complicated and technically demanding to break through into the final third.  In order to attack effectively from the middle third into the final third, the technical quality, timing of movements and collective understanding between players are all essential elements. Penetrating into the Final Third focuses on these aspects and challenges players to face the demands of this topic, all while allowing for social distancing!

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Penetrating into the Final Third

1.

Setup:

Playing through midfield 1. 2 or 3 stations set up. Players set up into groups of 4 or 5, 10 yards of space between each player in a line. 3 mins sets x 3 sets with 2 mins rest between sets.

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Instructions:

  1. On player A’s first touch (left or right), player B checks at an opposite angle to receive the ball and turn, while Player C also checks at an opposite angle to play to the end to Player D. Player D dribbles to the end with each player moving forward. E moves to start to begin again.
  2. Player A takes a touch forward as player B checks and plays a give and go back to player A. At this point, player B and player C rotate, with C checking to receive the pass from A and player B spinning off higher to receive the ball from C, to play to the end to Player D. Player D dribbles to the end with each player moving forward. E moves to start to begin again. Repeat for set.

Coaching Points:

  • Pass detail; play to the back foot to progress and go forward, or to the front foot for a pass back
  • Timing of movement- make run at the right time in order to receive with time and space

2.

Setup:

Playing through midfield 1 (continued). 2 or 3 stations set up. Players set up into groups of 4 or 5, 10 yards of space between each player in a line. 3 mins sets x 3 sets with 2 mins rest between sets.

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Instructions:

3. Player A plays a give and go with Player B to trigger movements. Player B checks out, while Player C checks in to receive a ball to his feet, at which point, Player B checks to the ball to receive and play to player D. Player D dribbles to the start with each player moving forward. E moves to start to begin again. Repeat for the set.

Coaching Points:

  • Pass detail; play to the back foot to progress and go forward, or to the front foot for a pass back
  • Timing of movement- make run at the right time in order to receive with time and space

3.

Setup:

Playing between the lines Part 3. Field set up with 30 x 30 yards divided with 3 10 x 10 zones. Players set up into groups of 6 (2 CM’s behind 1 set of 4 mannequins, 1 AM in between the first set of mannequins and 3 forwards in between the last set of 4 mannequins). One group 3 reps for each group x 3 sets. 2 mins rest and then repeat x 3 times.

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Instructions:

2 center midfielders circulate the ball in their own box, then attempt to play into the 3 forwards with a pattern;

  1. Ball played into the striker, back to the attacking midfielder and in behind for a winger to finish.
  2. Played played into striker, back to attacking midfielder, wide for a winger to cross and group to finish.
  3. Ball played into striker, who plays wide to a winger. Attacking midfielder overlaps to receive wide for a cross and finish. Next group enter to attack.

Coaching Points:

  • First touch
  • Pass detail
  • Quality in front of goal- set teammate to go to goal

4.

Setup:

Playing between the lines Part 3. Field set up with 30 x 30 yards divided with 3 10 x 10 zones and 3 attackers (red) set up 15 yards away (on top of the box) next to 4 mannequins. 6 reps for each group, 2 min rest in between each set, 3 sets.

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Instructions:

Play starts with each group attacking with 6 balls. The black team possess (2 touches max) and attempt to play through to the red players for 1 point. Yellow team attempt to intercept to clear the ball from the area (1 point) or trying to cleanly win it and then finding one of the mini goals (2 points). When the red team receive the ball, and go to goal in 3 touches (2 points) or 4 touches (1 points). Groups rotate and keep score.

Coaching Points:

  • First touch
  • Pass detail
  • Quality in front of goal – set teammate to go to goal