Using Width in Attack

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on using the width of the field in attack.

This activity uses half a field with a full sized goal. The field is broken into thirds with two lines going from the end line to the the midfield line 10 yards in from each end line. There is a keeper in each goal and an attacking player in each wide zone. In the middle zone is a 3 v 4.

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The rules in this game are quite simple. No defending player can enter either wide area until Continue reading

Crossing and Finishing Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on wing play as well as crossing and finishing.

Start with a keeper in goal, and two grids set up from the side of the 18 to the sideline on each side.  There is a 2 v 1 set up in each of these grids and another 2 v 1 in the 18.

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One wide group starts and the two attacking players are trying to serve a ball into the two attacking players in the middle for an opportunity to score.

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The defender is trying to delay as long as possible and, if possible, win the ball.

As soon as the play is over, the three players in the middle replace the group that just went on the side and the group that went on the side, goes to the middle and play starts from the opposite side

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Once the ball is served and finished, those players switch areas as well.  By doing this players get works from both sides as well as in finishing in the middle.  Make sure to rotate the defenders so they get the opportunity to attack as well

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Switching the Point of Attack

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on switching the point of attack and getting to goal.

Start with a team attacking with a 3-3-2 and a team defending the goal with a keeper and playing a 2-2-1


This is an unrestricted scrimmage except the teams are put into these formations.  If the attacking team plays quickly and is willing to use the width of the field and change the point of attack they should be able to get to goal easily


If the defending team wins the ball they try to work the ball out past midfield.  If they are successful they leave the ball and defend again.

By controlling the numbers and the formation you can really emphasize the switching of the point of attack.

Have a great day!

Lawrence