This practice is designed to provide players with opportunities to attack and defend scenarios from wide areas.

About the Video

In the video below, Dan will talk you through the structure of the practice, various outcomes and how you can adapt it for your players.

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Practice Overview

Topic: Attacking

No. of Players: 8

Goalkeepers: Yes

Practice Type: SSG

Offsides: Yes

Pitch Size: 36 x 44 (+8)

Timing: 20 – 30 mins

Age Group: U13+

Interpreting the Diagrams

The key below outlines what the images mean on the diagrams.

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Key For Diagrams
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Diagrams

Example of the set up with 8 players (3v3+2) and 2 GKs. You can condition scoring in a number of ways including, must score inside the attacking half, or a scoring zone, or you could restrict scoring to a one touch finish. Wide players are on limited touches to begin with. Goals from wide areas are worth 3 points, importantly goals do not have to be scored from wide areas. Rotate players so they get opportunities to play under the various rules.
In this example, floaters (reds) can now move inside the pitch from their wide zoned areas when in the attacking half. This could encourage finishing from wide areas and the opposite side wide player moving into goalscoring positions.
Redesign the activity to include ‘golden’ scoring zones. If players are able to score in this area from crosses it is worth an additional 1 point. This may encourage players to make attacking movement into areas where a high percentage of goals are scored from.  
Adapt the activity design by increasing the length of the playing area. This may encourage counter-attacking using wide areas as there is more space to run into. This adaptation will likely increase the physical demand of the activity.
This variation of the game has removed the restriction of wide players to zones. This allows wide players to move inside the game and practice crossing from the full width of the pitch.

Objectives

This practice is designed to provide players with opportunities to attack and defend scenarios from wide areas. Play a small sided game where 3 points are rewarded for goals scored from wide areas. Wide players (wingers / full-backs) get an opportunity to practice their crossing skills and central players get an opportunity to practice their finishing and defending skills. Wide players can be rewarded with 3 points for goals scored from their cross (encouraging high quality crossing).

Organisation

Set up a small sided game with two goals and a halfway line. Two floaters (red) are positioned in wide playing channels which they are restricted to playing within to begin with, and they play for the team in possession. Be mindful that this game can be physically demanding if you make the pitch too big so adapt accordingly. Ensure a good supply of footballs in each goal. Rotate players as necessary, younger teams may rotate all positions, whereas older teams may stick with their usual playing positions.

Observations & Interventions

What you might see

  • Players fatiguing due to the high physical demand of the game
  • Wingers slowing the game down and missing the opportunity to cross to space

Actions you might take

  • Break the activity into short bouts with plenty of rest instead of traditional halves.
  • Restrict wingers to 2-3 touches

Adaptations:

Is the session too easy?

  • Play with an underload
  • Increase the duration of the playing bouts (increased physical demand)

Is the session too hard?

  • Play with an overload
  • Allow wingers more touches
  • Reduce the number of players allowed to defend

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