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Forwards need to be clinical in the penalty area. Use this drill to make your opposition scared of letting your striker into their box
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Forwards need to be able to score goals from inside the penalty area with movement to get into space critical when the ball is being passed to them. Technique is key to this with reaction, turning and combination play all part of the attackers skill set.
It is important to make sure when the players are attacking their body is positioned so they are balanced and facing the goal ready to receive and when shooting the supporting foot should be next to the ball and players should not be leaning back when they shoot.
Encourage players to get shots off early
Play with head up - Check GKs positioning before getting shot off
Encourage players to be creative with their finishing
Work inside the penalty area with three attackers and three defenders. You need four servers just outside the penalty area in different positions. Servers take it in turns to play the ball into the 3v3. Number the servers 1 to 4 and the coach shouts out a number and the ball comes from that player:
First pass: Server 1 makes a lofted pass into the centre of the penalty area.
Second and third pass: One of the servers on the side of the penalty area dribbles past the mannequin and crosses the ball
Fourth pass: Server 4 passes on the ground into the penalty area then joins in the attack making a 4v3 overload in favour of the attackers
Defenders just need to clear the ball out of the penalty area.
Each server makes two passes then switch the defenders and the attackers. You can also switch the servers with a different player staying as a server each time to make up the numbers.
Strikers need to react quickly when the ball is played to them, using the defenders slow reaction to their advantage.
This drill requires players to understand how they can work as a team, using eachother's strengths to beat the opposition.
Change the player numbers so that you have more attackers than defenders or more defenders than attackers depending on which set of players is being most successful. For example make one defender an attacker to give a 4v2 overload.
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