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.
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.
Progressions & Constraints | 1
Progress the practice by allowing rotation between central target players, with a single player in each box for each team.
Progressions & Constraints 2
Central players can drive out of the central square to initiate attacks quicker.