I have been working on support play with my team recently. As a result, some extra moves I’ve developed have really benefited my team – they’re relevant to players advancing their “pass and move” technique and the process of working the ball forward is obviously very match-realistic.
These are complex passing patterns but see if they work for you…
How to play it
Set it up as shown in the pictures above, using a 30×20 yards area. There are three players on the left (A, E and F), two players in the centre (B and C) and a player (D) on the right. The sequence is run in three parts:
- Player A plays long to player B who receives then passes to C. A runs between B and C, takes a pass from C, then feeds D. Player A rests in line behind D.
- In the next sequence, player E lays a pass to C, who drops to receive, before playing a one-two with B. Upon receiving the pass back, C lays into the path of E, who runs through the middle and feeds D. E joins A in resting in line behind D.
- In the final sequence, player F plays a one-two with C, before firing long to D who plays back to B. B now takes the ball on, dribbling off the end of the pitch to join D, E and A.
Now reset and play the move back in the other direction, ensuring players have been rotated so each one takes on a new role.
Technique and tactics
This is an unopposed drill so players should find ample opportunity to rehearse passing and support with team mates.
The running player is the key man – starting the move, making the run, then looking for the support around him, which results in him receiving the ball back.
The two central players combine as they would in a midfield set-up.
Runs must be well-timed, and passes accurate.