The penalty area is an exciting place to be, but when football (soccer) players are in there, they need to know how to make the most of their chances. I use this game to give my players the vision to change the point of attack from crosses.
Key soccer coaching tip
Get your attackers to convert crosses!
One thing I always tell my attackers is, “If your wingers have put the effort in to get beyond the defence and hit a hard, low cross, you have to be there to convert it into a goal.”
Coach attackers to be prepared
Sometimes the attackers are going to have to head the ball, sometimes it will come to them off a defender and needs to be guided into the net, sometimes they will have to dribble with it or pass to an attacker in a better position. The penalty area is an important place for attackers.
Penalty area game
- This is a 4v4 game inside the penalty area with a keeper in the big goal and 4 small goals set up on the sides of the area.
- The white team can score in goal 1 or goal 3 and the grey team in goal 2 or goal 4.
- A goal scored in a small goal counts as 1 point.
- Both teams can score in the main goal but only with a header or volley. Scoring in that goal counts as 2 points.
Developing communication and vision
This is a great small sided soccer game to develop awareness in the penalty area as well as finishing, communication and vision. When the keeper makes a save he should throw or kick it high into the air in the penalty area so both teams can compete for it.
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