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OPPOSED

09

Improve Finishing | Opposed Practice (09-P3)

Organisation / Set Up
This practice helps to develop 1 v 1 attacking and defending, with an emphasis on attacking player's movement to beat defenders and to lose markers to attack crosses. Work both ways with one player passing to a support player who will set for attacking player to drive at the defender to finish against the GK. If defenders win possession, they can clear the ball or score in mini goals if coach adds these.
 

Supporting the counter

 

Supporting the counter

 

Supporting the counter

 
Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Recognise when and how to take on defender effectively
  • Technical | Dribbling ability to take player on, plus finishing technique
  • Psychological | Confidence to beat players repeatedly
 
Progressions & Constraints
  • Add mini goals for defenders to score in on regaining possession.
  • Add time constraint as a competition between 2 attacking groups, who can score first or how many goals can the 2 or 3 players score in 2 minutes?
 
Key Coaching Questions
  • How are you able to take on players successfully?
  • What is each defender's strategy against different defenders?
 
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SKILL

01

Attacking Centrally | Skill Practice (01-P1)

Organisation / Set Up
Between a 20 and 30 yard area depending on age group coached,  we play a 3 v 3 plus targets changing to a 4 v 4 with a goal and GK at each end. Players must combine with a central target player to score with quick combination. Area has two central 5 yard zones where target players must play 1 or 2 touch combinations with the attacking team.
 

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Key Coaching Points
Try to allow free play and recognise opportunities for possession team to combine quickly with forward passes. If opposition start to protect target players, may need to enforce passing conditions (e.g. 10 passes a goal) to force pressure. Be creative and think about other progressions that could be implemented using STEP model, or ask players to create their own.
 

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Progressions & Constraints | 1
Progress the practice by allowing rotation between central target players, with a single player in each box for each team.
 

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Progressions & Constraints 2
Central players can drive out of the central square to initiate attacks quicker.