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Rondo: Play Into A Striker

This Rondo drill is all about passing and receiving with striker movement off the ball to create space for the pass. Movement and passing should be forward with combination play set up to achieve that goal.

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Coaching Objectives

Attackers – possession

  • Good first touch to keep ball away from defender
  • Pass weight, direction, decision making
  1. Off ball movement to create space for pass either to striker or for the striker to open up passing lanes
  • Decision making – penetrate, hold onto the ball, recycle the ball
  • Outisde players must use the position on the line to constantly create passing lanes so they should be scanning and quickly reacting to the play.

Defender – pressing

  • Block passing routes
  • Press striker
  • Good body position to react to passing and movement of striker

Drill Setup

  • 20 Mins
  • 10 Players
  • 2 x blue 2 x yellow 2 x red Bibs
  • 12 x 6 y

What the Players Do

Set up the 12 x 6 area with a half way line. You need 6+1 passing players and a defender to try and stop the pass into the striker. The outside players must combine to get the red striker free to…

Play Fast in Crowded Areas

Penalty areas are usually pretty crowded places with a chaotic movements when the ball is played in. This drill replicates the chaos.

Coaching Objectives

Individual skills are important in tight areas of the pitch with quick passing and one touch play key as is shooting when players spot openings.

You need three teams of 4 and a goalkeeper. Two teams play inside the penalty area with one team on the outside.

Drill Setup

  • 15 Mins
  • 13 Players
  • 1 Goals
  • 6 Bibs
  • Penalty Box y

What the Players Do

The team on the outside of the penalty area play for the team in possession on the inside. The two teams of four on the inside must try to keep possession and create goal scoring opportunities. The…

Attack at Speed

Hitting teams on the counter attack needs quick reactions and nothing is quicker than the movement of the ball. A quick through pass will catch out unorganised defences and create goals

Coaching Objectives

Players should use the outside of the foot to dribble so that the player can keep the ball away from the defender and make it difficult to steal the ball.

Look to make sure all the players are participating, they are all looking to open passing lines and give options to the player with the ball. Nobody should be hiding, they all need to want the ball.

Really focus on the players’ positioning, movement and decision-making.

Pay attention to the passes and the speed which the ball circulates at.

Never lose control over the speed of the ball, speed up or slow down the ball’s speed. If we lose control over the speed of the ball the possibility of losing possession of the ball greatly increases.

When the opponent is defending up close, the attacking player should protect the ball with the foot furthest from the defender and use his body to block off the defender.

Drill Setup

  • 25 Mins
  • 10 Players
  • 2 Goals
  • 3 Bibs
  • 40 x 30 y

What the Players Do

Simple set up with goals at each end and two teams of 3 players plus a goalkeeper. You need two servers at one end, one near the corner and one by the goal. Servers pass the ball to the goalkeeper…