Attack vs Defense drills are part of most training sessions. These exercises help players to familiarize with the team’s preferred formation and game style. However, often the focus is on the attacking players. In this post we discuss a football attacking drill that involves all players in your team.
This drill closely resembles real game situations. Therefore, you are required to practice it in a real football pitch with a full 11 aside team if possible. You only need half of the field. So, if your squad is over 20 players strong, you can have your substitutes practicing the same drill in the other half of the pitch.
You will need 4 cones and 3 small goals (or 6 cones). Position the 3 goals in the middle line, one in each wing and one right in the center of the field. Then use the cones to make one gate outside each side of the penalty area. Position these gates just behind the penalty spot line and between the sideline and the penalty box. The picture below illustrates the setup for teams using a defensive line of 4 players.
The objective of this drill is to practice possession football by moving the ball across the park. The basic rules of the game are:
Be creative and add your own rules. For example, you may want to only allowed passes on the ground, no high crosses. You may also want to play with unlimited touches. Whatever the changes you make to the base game, make sure to maintain the spirit of the drill: working from the sidelines and an a clean transition from defense to attack.
Attacking drills are often designed to improve individual skills (e.g.: crossing and shooting). This football attacking drill focuses on working as a team. It is a great drill that involves every player in your team and keeps everyone moving constantly.
There are plenty of drills that will help your team to work as a unit. We will add more games to the list below as we post them in our blog.
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