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3 v 2 Attacking

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session can focus on both attacking and defending play. The focus for the purpose of this session will be on attacking play and exploiting the overload.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within the penalty area up towards the edge of the centre circle
  • Each side 5yds inside the penalty area
  • 3 v2 + GK
  • 2 Defenders start on the 6 yard area. A defender will play a diagonal ball to the one of the attackers. Once the ball has been played the defenders will accelerate to get up and defend
  • The attackers set up as a 3 (Using full width). When they receive the ball a pass must be made within 2 touches, then an overlapping run to attack
  • Once a goal has been scored or the ball is out of play the game stops and the next group set up
  • Depending on the number of players after the 1st attack a 2nd and 3rd ball can be played in
  • Offside line included

Progressions

  • On the 2nd and 3rd ball the attacking team are restricted to a time limit (i.e. 6-8 seconds) to get a shot off to encourage speed of play and exploiting overload before recovering defenders (within a game)

Coaching Points

  • Direction of first touch and movement to create space / option
  • Forward runs, overlapping, running in behind to disrupt defending players
  • Movement to create space and angles of support
  • Creating 1v1 and 2v1 situations
  • Be positive
  • Decision-making in possession drive forward or pass
  • Timing of pass and movement
  • End product / finish on goal
  • Tempo of play to exploit overload and isolate defender• Timing of movement of when to come in (high up) or stay wide (deeper)

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As with the previous set up, but the defender will start in a wider position

Progression

  • Change the side and starting position of the defenders

Coaching Points

  • As within previous session
  • Tempo of play to exploit opportunities
  • Exploit the gap between the 2 defenders

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous set up
  • The attackers are set up with 1 central attacker starting higher up
  • When 1 of the wide attacking players receive the ball, within 2 touches a pass must be played into the central striker

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Decision-making for the striker to hold up, turn or play
  • Supporting attacking players, movement, forward runs, Get across the front / 3rd man running

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Three Team Transition

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session focuses on the transition and focusing on the next phase. Looking to exploit and limit opportunities depending on the transition phase.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working with 12 + players
  • Players are split into 3 teams
  • Working with a circle (other areas can be used)
  • Size of the area can be changed depending on challenging the players
  • 1 team starts with the ball in the middle
  • 2 teams start on the outside and are positioned alternately. See diagram 1
  • The team in the middle are looking to play passes between them, once every player as played at least one pass the ball can be played to the outside
  • Going in order team in yellow bibs play to the team in black bibs, who play to the team in red bibs
  • Once a pass has been made to the outside, that team then travel into the middle and the team in the middle replace them on the outside

Progressions

  • The team in the middle remain in the middle for a set period of time (i.e. 1min)
  • The coach can stipulate a specific type of combination for example play a 1-2 or play and overlap with a player from another team
  • Restrict number of touches
  • Change the size of area

Coaching Points

  • Make the pitch big
  • Timing of movements and forward runs
  • Rotation and switching to create passing opportunities
  • Movement and angels of support
  • Next movement / decision to be made with and without the ball
  • Tempo of passing
  • Opportunities to combine and link
  • Acceleration in and out of the area

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Similar set up as within the previous session
  • For this session 2x teams are in the middle
  • 1 team positioned on the outside
  • 1 team in the middle starts with the ball (goal is scored is a specific number of consecutive passes are made (i.e. 4 or 6)
  • If the team defending wins the ball, they are then looking to score by making passes.
  • The team that has just lost possession must then sprint to the outside area and the team on the outside must then sprint into the area to try and win possession

Progression

  • The team that has lost the ball as the opportunity to win the ball back before the opposition scores. If they can do so, the other team must then leave the area
  • Restrict the number of touches
  • Reduce the size of area

Coaching Points

  • Secure 1st pass
  • Tempo of passing
  • Angles and movement to support the ball
  • In possession make the pitch big
  • 1st touch to open out
  • On turn over – either acceleration out the area or immediate pressure on the ball
  • Focus on the next phase
  • Defend in numbers, deny and control space, limit passing options

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Defending and Getting Pressure on the Ball

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session focuses on defending sessions, working with players in 1v1, 2v2 and 4v4 situations.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working with 12 players
  • Players are working within 3’s
  • Each areas is approx 30 yds x 10yds
  • 2 players will start at either end and 1 player who is defending will start approx 20yds from the player they are defending
  • The ball is played from player (target player) in the red bib, into the player in the black bib and the player in the yellow bib will then close the player in the black bib down. See diagram 1
  • Once the ball has gone past the defending player they can then accelerate to close the attacking player down
  • The attacking player is looking to play a pass back into the target player (can not play the pass 1st time)
  • The defending player is looking to force a mistake, work the ball out of the area
  • The rotation is then – the player who passed (red bib) becomes the defender, the player who was the defender (yellow bib) becomes the attacker and the player who was attacking (black bib) then becomes the player who passes

Progressions

  • The attacking player is looking to dribble across the opposite line
  • Change which side the defending player starts from

Coaching Points

  • Acceleration to get up to the ball
  • Deceleration on approach – manage distances to stop pass forward and adjust if attacking player looks to push past and run
  • Body shape side on and prepared for next movement
  • Get the attacking players head down
  • Use the touch line as another defender
  • Force attacking player onto weaker side when possible
  • Be confident and manage the situation

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Working with 12 players
  • The area 30yds x 20yds (approx)
  • Players are working in 2’s
  • 2 players passing (target players) 2 players defending, 2 players attacking. See diagram 2
  • 2 v 2 Defending session with the attacking players looking to play a pass into target players
  • The game starts with the target players, as pass is played across and then forward on the angle
  • The defenders positioned approx 20yds from the attacking players can close down once the ball has traveled past them
  • The attacking players must take at least 1 touch before they can play into the target players
  • The rotation continues as within the previous session

Progression

  • Change the starting position of the defenders
  • Add in a rule where both players must touch the ball before playing into target players (if too easy for them)
  • To score attacking players must dribble the ball across the attacking line

Coaching Points

  • As before
  • Nearest player to the ball
  • 2nd Defender – support, cover and prevent forward pass on the angle
  • Position to enable them to get up to the ball when played across to the other attacking player
  • Identify when to track and when to passing players on
  • Avoid getting caught in a straight line
  • Looking to isolate the attacking players

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Arrow head defending
  • 12 players
  • 3 teams of 4 player
  • 12 grids 5yds x 5yds
  • 2 attacking teams positioned either end. Each player must remain in their grid
  • 1 defending team in the middle grids, they can cross over into their own teams grids
  • The defending team can not enter the grid of an attacking player
  • A goal is scored when one attacking team can play a pass through to the other attacking team (below knee height)
  • Attacking players are restricted to 2 touch
  • Team will defend for approx 60 -90 seconds

Coaching Points

  • Mirroring the movement of the ball
  • Maintain distances
  • Nearest player up to the ball (player in front of them)
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th defending supporting and covering round
  • Preventing forward passes and being split
  • In a position to adjust and get up to the ball if and when required
  • Communication
  • Switching on if the ball is played through, immediate pressure to help other players recover

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Switch Point of Attack

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session focuses on switching the point of attack with a 10v10 game.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 10v10
  • 4 Mini Goals
  • The game is set up in one half of the pitch, full width and half a pitch in length
  • The goals are positioned 5-7yds inside the touch line
  • Balls are set up either end with each of the coaches
  • The two teams set up in their team shape
  • One team starts with possession and the objective is to make 10 consecutive passes
  • The ball always starts with the respective coaches on the outside

Progressions

  • Replace the coaches with GK’s giving the option to come back out
  • Change the touches allowed by each player
  • Change the goal scoring objective to challenge the players

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Opposite player stay wide to maintain the width and provide the option to switch
  • If the wide player comes in then the FB can push forward
  • Out of possession narrow up and press on the ball

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • 10v10
  • 4 Mini Goals
  • The game is set up in one half of the pitch, full width and half a pitch in length
  • The goals are positioned 5-7yds inside the touch line
  • Balls are set up either end with each of the coaches
  • The two teams set up in their team shape
  • One team starts with possession and the objective is to score in either of the 2 goals they are attacking
  • If they score a goal they retain possession and play from the coach in the defending half
  • A goal can also be scored by making 10 consecutive passes to encourage the opposition to press and look to win the ball
  • The ball always starts with the respective coaches on the outside

Progression

  • Restrict the number of touches
  • Change the number of passes to score a goal
  • 1 touch finish on goal

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Support providing depth, width and height
  • Opposite player stay wide to maintain the width and provide the option to switch
  • If the wide player comes in then the FB can push forward
  • Players looking to make forward runs
  • Out of possession narrow up and press on the ball

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • 10v10
  • 4 Mini Goals
  • The game is set up in one half of the pitch, full width and half a pitch in length
  • The goals are positioned 5-7yds inside the touch line
  • Balls are set up either end with each of the coaches
  • The two teams set up in their team shape
  • One team starts with possession and the objective is to score in either of the 2 goals they are attacking
  • If they score a goal they retain possession and play from the coach in the defending half
  • A goal can also be scored by making 10 consecutive passes to encourage the opposition to press and look to win the ball
  • The ball always starts with the respective coaches on the outside
  • An offside line is introduced 10-12yds from the goal lines

Progression

  • As within the previous session
  • Change of the offside line, increase the space in behind

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Support providing depth, width and height
  • Opposite player stay wide to maintain the width and provide the option to switch
  • If the wide player comes in then the FB can push forward
  • Players looking to make forward runs
  • Out of possession narrow up and press on the ball
  • Timing of forward runs – runs from deep
  • Defending team reduce the space between units
  • Communication and getting up to the ball

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Transition with Speed Work

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This is a session that can be carried out in the early parts of the session and can be linked within some of the speed work.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 5 v 5
  • 2x Areas (20x20yds) width of Penalty box apart. See diagram 1
    One team starts with possession; objective is to make 6 consecutive passes. The game continues until the coach blows the whistle
  • On the whistle both teams leave the area to sprint and get into the area opposite. The 1st player from a team who gets in the area will be given possession of the ball
  • The time between each sprint can be dictated by the coach depending in the physical outcome

Progressions

  • Reduce the distances between the areas and on the turnover, the team that win the ball dribble across to the other area and continue keeping possession
  • Reduce number of touches

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Body shape open to change direction of play
  • Selection of pass where, when and how
  • Communication
  • Change of pace from one area to the next

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Continued from above
  • Introduction of an additional area
  • The coach dictates which area the players go into

Progression

  • The team that win the ball decide which area to travel into
  • Different restriction of touches in each area
  • Different objectives for how each goal can be scored

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Body shape open to change direction of play
  • Selection of pass where, when and how
  • Communication
  • Change of pace from one area to the next

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Continuing from the previous session
  • In this session a goal with goalkeeper is introduced
  • When the coach blows the whistle for the teams to sprint to an area. The team that wins possession of the ball will then attack the goal
  • If the defending team win the ball the game ends and the players return to an area
  • Inforce the offside rule

Progression

  • As above with the restrictions and number of passes in each area

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous sessions
  • Mindset on next phase attacking or defending
  • Exploiting opportunities to attack and take advantage of the immediate overload

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Transition / Switch of Play Using Goalkeepers

By Sean Reed -

Objective

It is important to take the opportunity when possible to include the Goalkeepers in some of the sessions delivered for the outfield players.This session focuses on a Transition / Switch of player possession

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 5 v 5 + 2 Gk’s
  • 2 x areas 25x25yds with a 5yd gap between the two areas
  • The Goalkeepers must remain on the outside of opposite areas. They are restricted to 2 touches and can move up and down the outside of the area
  • The two teams in the middle start in one of the areas and the ball is played in from the side by the coach
  • Unlimited touches for the players inside the areas
  • Objective: For the team to make 5 passes (including the outside Goalkeeper) then switch the play into the other GK, then both team switch into the other area
  • If the team defending win possession of the ball, they maintain possession with the area to look and make the 5 passes before switching the play

Progressions

  • Restrict the number of touches
  • If the team defending win the ball, they look to immediately switch possession into the opposite GK and make 5 passes to score a goal
  • Change the number of passes to score

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)• Movement and angles of support
  • Awareness of incoming players (body shape)
  • Selection of pass where and how
  • Communication
  • Out of possession working hard together to force the mistake
  • Mindset switching from attacking to defending and defending to attacking

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Continued from above
  • For this session the goalkeeper is allowed to join into the area and be involved in the play
  • 5 passes (including the GK) must be made before the ball can be switched
  • The Goalkeeper can drop out of the area to their original position but are restricted to only 2 touches and are unopposed

Progressions

  • Restrict the number of touches
  • If the team defending win the ball, they look to immediately switch possession into the opposite GK and make 5 passes to score a goal
  • Change the number of passes to score

Progressions

  • Continue from the previous session
  • Tempo of play
  • Acceleration and speed to support and recover

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Continuing from the previous session
  • In this session two goals 10yds outside of the area have been included
  • The goalkeepers remain on the outside of the area supporting the team in possession
  • The team in possession is looking to make 5 passes (including GK). Once they have achieved this then they can look to play a forward pass into the area for an attacking player to run onto to have a goal scoring opportunity (Offside line is the edge of the main the area they are playing in)
  • If the team scores they regain possession in the area of the goal they have scored from, if they don’t the defending team are given possession in the area they are currently in

Progressions

  • A player from the defending team can track the attacking player making the forward run
  • Develop it into a 2v2 forward and defending runs

Coaching Points

  • Recognizing when to play forward and when to make the forward run
  • Forward movement (check their run) to create opportunities for players coming from deep
  • Type and weight of pass
  • Quality / End Product in front of goal

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web - www.seanjreed.com
Linkedin - www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter - @SeanJReed

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Passing Under Pressure

By Sean Reed -

Objective

This session involves playing under pressure and can be used an exercise for pressing the ball. It will challenge player’s awareness, decision-making and movement before they receive the ball, choice and selection of passing and then supporting the play next. Out of possession it will encourage players to press with intensity for a short period to time to put the opposition under pressure.

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Players are split into 2 teams if 8 players
  • Working with an area of 20x20yds
  • One team starts inside the area (Team keeping possession)
  • The other team are positioned in pairs on the outside starting on cones (5yds outside the area)
  • The ball is played from the coach into the team keeping possession. The team in possession are on 1 touch
  • Once played 2 players from one side will go in to press the ball and try to force a mistake, get a touch or clear the ball out of the area. (This is how the defending team can score a point). Every time a point is scored a new ball is played in from the coach
  • The players defending with defend for 10secs and then on the whistle the 2 players inside will sprint out, whilst the next 2 players will sprint in and press the ball (go round clockwise)
  • Each pair will go in and defend 4 times. Then the teams will switch
  • The teams can then go through 2 – 3 x defending. Highest number of points wins

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support• Awareness of incoming players (body shape)
  • Selection of pass where and how
  • Communication• Defensively acceleration then deceleration on the approach
  • Working in pairs, backing each other up, distances, position

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Continued from above
  • Working with an area of 25x25yds
  • One team starts inside the area (Team keeping possession)
  • The other team a position in fours on the outside starting on cones (5yds outside the area)
  • The ball is played from the coach into the team keeping possession. The team in possession are on 2 touch
  • Once played 4 players from one side will go in to press the ball and try to force a mistake, get a touch or clear the ball out of the area. (This is how the defending team can score a point). Every time a point is scored a new ball is played in from the coach
  • The players defending with defend for 20secs and then on the whistle the 4 players inside will sprint out, whilst the next 4 players will sprint in and press the ball (from the side play)
  • Each pair will go in and defend 4 times. Then the teams will switch
  • The teams can then go through 2 – 3 x defending. Highest number of points wins

Coaching Points

  • Continue from the previous session
  • Defensively, looking to set traps
  • Prevent the switch of play
  • Encourage the team to play toward one area, backing each other up and then look to the win
  • Communication

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Continuing from the previous session
  • If the defending team can win possession of the ball then they can score points by the number of passes they make (unlimited touches)
  • Once the defending team wins the ball the attacking team needs to narrow up and look to win the ball or force the mistake

Coaching Points

  • Continue from the previous session
  • Transition from defense to attack, mindset and selection of pass
  • Transition from attack to defense, mindset and immediate pressure on the ball

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web - www.seanjreed.com
Linkedin - www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter - @SeanJReed

Linking Up to Attack

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session will focus on working with players with their link up and combination play to create opening and opportunities.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Players are split into groups of 3
  • 1 ball between the 3 players
  • Playing a 1-2 refer to diagram 1
  • Player 1 plays a pass into Player 2 + follows his pass. Player 2 then plays a 1-2 with player 3 around Player 1.
  • It is important that when player 1 plays the 1st pass they must run towards player 2 to enable them to combine around him
  • Players then keep passing and then look for the next opportunity to combine.
  • 3rd Man Running refer to diagram 1
    Player 1 plays into player 2. Player 2 will then play into player 3. Player 3 will then set Player 1 who is coming onto the ball. Player 1 will then play a forward pass into Player 2 who is making a run into space. Player 2 is looking to arrive onto the ball as oppose to waiting for it.
  • Rotational Movement refer to diagram 1
    Player 1 plays into Player 2, who then plays into Player 3, whilst Player 1 makes their run across player 3 to receive the ball. It is important that Player 1 times their run to allow it to go across their path before they make their movement. This will make the pass for the Player 3.

Coaching Points

  • Starting and maintaining distances
  • Passing and supporting angles
  • Timing of movements. The players movement will encourage the pass
  • Manage the space, avoid getting into the space before the ball
  • Weight of pass. Play the ball in front of the player

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • 6v6 game
  • 40-50yds x 30-40yds
  • 4 Target areas 5-7 x 5-7yds
  • Directional game scoring into 2x Target Zones
  • Unlimited touches
  • To score a player must successfully dribble the ball (under control) into either of the target zones
  • Once a goal is scored the ball must be played across from one target zone to another before the team can attack. The team that just scored with then regain their shape

Progression

  • Restrict the number of touches
  • To score; a player can only take one touch into the target area to score

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of play creating gaps and openings
  • Being positive in possession
  • Identifying and exploiting the opportunity to dribble the ball into the target zone
  • Timing of movement to receive the ball

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • In order to score players must combine playing a 1-2 and receive the ball in the target zone. Refer to diagram 3
  • The player receiving the ball can take one touch to take it into the target zone if required
  • A team can also score by making 10 consecutive passes (will encourage the opposition to try and win the ball back which will open up opportunities to score in the target zones)

Progression

  • The player receiving the ball to score can not be arriving into the target zone before the ball

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Diagram 4

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • In order to score players must link to score with a player making a 3rd man run and receiving the ball in the target zone. Refer to diagram 4
  • The player receiving the ball can take one touch to take it into the target zone if required
  • A team can also score by making 10 consecutive passes (will encourage the opposition to try and win the ball back which will open up opportunities to score in the target zones

Progression

  • The player receiving the ball to score can not be arriving into the target zone before the ball

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Diagram 5

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • In order to score players must link to score with a player making a run across the player setting the ball. Refer to diagram 5
  • The player receiving the ball can take one touch to take it into the target zone if required
  • A team can also score by making 10 consecutive passes (will encourage the opposition to try and win the ball back which will open up opportunities to score in the target zones

Progression

  • A goal can be scored using any of the 3 combinations previously worked on

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed