This practice is designed to provide attackers with repetition of semi-opposed crossing and finishing and defenders a chance to work on stopping/defending crosses.
About the Video
In the video below, Dave will talk you through the structure of the practice, various outcomes and how you can adapt it for your players.
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Topic: Creating & Scoring
No. of Players: 9 – 24
Practice Type: Functional Practice
Age Group: U13+
Pitch Size: 50 x 65
Timing: 20 mins
Interpreting the Diagrams
The key below outlines what the images mean on the diagrams.
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Key For Diagrams
To provide attackers with repetition of semi-opposed crossing and finishing and defenders a chance to work on stopping/defending crosses. Wide players work on accurate delivery, strikers/midfielders work on timing of movement and finishing. Defenders focus on stopping & defending crosses and playing forward quickly.
Using half a pitch, set players up in the attacking formation your team plays. If you have large numbers, you can have multiple players in each position. One attacking group plays against the defensive group. Defenders work 3 sets then rotate. Attackers rotate after every attack. If defenders win the ball, they play quickly into mini goals.
Observations & Interventions
What you might see
- Wide players taking too many touches
- Attackers arriving in the area early
Actions you might take
- Restrict the number of touches for wide players to ensure a focus on crossing (releasing) the ball
- Reward attackers with double points for one touch finish to encourage timing and fast finishing.
Is the session too easy?
- Add an extra defender in the backline or a defensive midfielder
- Restrict attackers with a time limit to score
Is the session too hard?
- •Reduce number of defenders
- •Add an attacking player
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