This session, “Flooding the penalty box”, aims to improve the movement of your forwards in the opponent’s penalty area so they have a better chance of scoring from a cross.
What this session is about
- Forwards working together to make different runs.
- Midfielders forging into the box.
- Covering all areas of the box to give your team the best chance of scoring a goal.
The aim of the session
- When the ball is in wide areas, that is the signal for your players to make runs into the penalty area.
- When they enter the penalty area, they must aim to make different runs so they are covering the whole of the penalty area.
- Make sure players are communicating their movements so they are not all running to the same area.
How to set up and play
- Use half your pitch.
- The ball is played down the line to a wide player.
- The two forwards must make a crossover run as they enter the box so one is attacking the near post and one is attacking the far post.
How to develop it
- Now add a midfielder to the practice for the attacking team and two defenders to play against the two forwards.
- The inclusion of a midfielder gives the attacking team a 3v2 for the cross.
- This type of late-running midfielder is like Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard. Arriving late often makes players more difficult to track and mark.
- Progress to include a midfielder for the defending team and a second midfielder for the attacking team. You act as server.
- Pass to the attacking team, which must make three passes before passing to the wing.
- Now the two forwards are joined by one midfielder in the box and one midfielder on the edge of the box for knockdowns or clearances.
- The team which scores most goals – which must be from pull-back crosses – wins.
This article is from Smart Sessions put together by Tony Carr – Academy Director of West Ham United.
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