Improve Final Third Combinations | Tech / Skill (07-S2)

Phase 3: Finishing the Attack

Age Group 11+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 16+

Here is the 2nd session from our coaching theme 'Improve Final Third Combinations'. First half of the session consists of a technical practice followed immediately by a skill drill.


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Improve Final Third Combinations | Skill Practice (07-P3)

Organisation / Set Up
Defenders set up either side of the defending third. One defender plays pass into 1 of 2 attackers who attack defender quickly to get shot off against GK. One big goal for Attacking players to attack and 2 mini goals for Defender to attack if they win possession. Pass from each side and rotate attackers and defenders after 4-5 minutes

07 P3a

Progression & Constraints | 1
  • 3 v 2 Attacking v Defending situation.
Progression & Constraints | 2
  • Add time constraints to score and zones to protect as a defending pair.

07 P3b

Key Coaching Points
  • Technical: Running with the ball at defenders and execution of pass and finish.
  • Tactical: Recognise space to exploit with the overload.
  • Physical: Speed to break lines with and without the ball.
Key Coaching Questions
  • 1 | Where does the space appear in the attacking phase?
  • 2 | How can you move defenders around to create space to attack?
  • 3 | How does the progression influence attacking options?


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Improve Final Third Combinations | Opposed (07-P2)

Organisation / Set Up
In this Opposed Skill Practice, we aim to develop Final Third Combinations to create and exploit space in these areas to create chances. Two directional practice | 45 x 40 (adults) area split into 2 halves as shown. 14 Players consisting of 2 groups of 3 v 3 together with a GK. Objective is for players to score in 3 v 3s, using safe zone to be patient and recycle the ball, allowing movement to create space. Many progressions from this to be added.


Key Coaching Points
  • Ability to lose markers in tight area.
  • Go & Show movement to lose players.
  • Communication with passing and support players.
  • Ability to finish chances.


Progressions & Constraints 1
Floater can join in central area to create 2 v 3 underload.
Progressions & Constraints 2
Allowing different combinations to be created from different angles.


Additional Support
Focus on initial passing quality and movement off the ball to keep possession before transferring. Angles and distances of floating player and single player to finish is crucial with underload. Movement to lose opposition and player-to-player understanding is important to finish. Quick Finishing technique with individuals.