Soccer coaching session on attacking

Using unopposed exercises for build-up and combination play in attack is a good way of coaching your players to move the ball and it encourages movement to support the ball as play moves around the pitch.

In this session, strikers and midfielders combine with a neat lay off and a precise, threaded ball to set up a shot across the goalkeeper.

Set up a 40 yards by 30 yards playing area with four mannequins (poles or cones will do), two cones and two goals. You need eight outfield players and two goalkeepers.

How to play it

  1. The forwards move away from the mannequin to receive a pass.
  2. The forwards set the pass back to the supporting midfielders.
  3. The midfielders return the pass into space for the forwards to turn around and run after. The forwards now shoot across the goal.

This article is from Football Attack! by Michael Beale which contains 80 shooting and finishing drills.

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