4v1 Boxes

Body positioning is key when receiving the ball and deceiving the defender, helping link play with teammates

Coaching Objectives

This is a great game for coaching body position to receive and body position to fool a pressing defender. The pressing player needs to be mobile and to press quickly.

Drill Setup

  • 10 Mins
  • 5 Players
  • 1 Bibs
  • 10 x 10 y

What the Players Do

Four players are keeping the ball away from one player in the middle. The four players go one on each line and can move from side to side, the other player is in the middle trying to win the…

Play through the zones

In this drill coaches can get their players making decisions on when to pass and where to pass under pressure from defending players. There are different roles that all reflect the game in action. This helps the 7v7 to 9v9 transition.

Coaching Objectives

Attackers:

  • Face and play forward as much as possible
  • Control tempo
  • Take mini touches
  • Move to create passing lines
  • Look for opportunities to play up, back and through

Defenders:

  • Control and restraint
  • Look for pressing triggers
  • Try to block passing lines
  • Force errors and try to cut out the switch

Drill Setup

  • 25 Mins
  • 10-14 Players
  • 4 gold/yellow 2 black Bibs
  • 30 x 10 y

What the Players Do

In this 3 zone game we are playing through the thirds, coaching players to use up, back and through passing moves. The dark blue and light blue teams at each end are the possession teams with gold…

7v7+1 play through the thirds

This is a small-sided game focused on moving the ball through the thirds with the ideal move being up, back and through. That and the +1 in the central area make this a great game for educating your player in 9v9 game play and tactics.

Coaching Objectives

Attackers:

  • Face and play forward as much as possible
  • Control tempo
  • Take mini touches
  • Move to create passing lines
  • Look for opportunities to play up, back and through

Defenders:

  • Control and restraint
  • Look for pressing triggers
  • Try to block passing lines
  • Force errors and try to cut out final pass

Drill Setup

  • 25 Mins
  • 15 Players
  • 2 Goals
  • 7 Bibs
  • Middle of a pitch y

What the Players Do

Play a 6v6 plus goalkeepers and a player who stays in the middle zone and plays for the team in possession.  The aim is to pass the ball through the thirds into attacking positions – the…