Finishing & Recovery | 1 v 1 / Skill (41-S1)

Phase 3: Finishing the Attack

Age Group 8+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 5+

This 2 part, 60 minute session is suitable for all players above 10 years of age and is focused on finishing and recovery play.



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1 v 1


Finishing & Recovery | 1 v 1 Practice (41-P2)

Organisation / Set Up
Practice 2 of Theme 41 Finishing and recovery is a one v one practice, with emphasis placed on speed of reaction and acceleration to get away from chasing defenders.

41 P2 2

Neutral Pass
  • The coach must play a neutral pass and call a number for 2 players to attack. The player winning possession must break through one of two gates to attack goal and finish.


41 P2 3

Key Coaching Points
If defender makes a tackle after the attacker breaks through the gate, they must clear the ball. If possession is won before the attacker gets through the gate, they then become the attacking player.


41 P2 4

Progressions & Constraints
  • We can progress this further by rewarding the goal scorer with a cross from the coach or a supporting wide player, with the defender defending in this one v one aerial duel.


Key Coaching Points
  • Speed of reaction to get to ball first
  • Calm in front of goal
  • Finishing Technique




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Finishing & Recovery | Skill (41-P1)

Organisation / Set Up
In this Finishing & Recovery Semi Opposed practice, we develop players ability to counter quickly to get shots off as well as the transition to losing possession to recover. 2 Directional Practice | This practice begins with 3 players on each cone at each end of the Pentagon shaped area, with 2 goals and a GK at each end and 2 mannequins in the centre of area as shown 10 yards apart. Objective is for attacker to run with the ball to finish, before recovering to chase attacker opposite side, who can not attack until first player takes their shot. Players must continue this cycle, both attacking and recovering for 3-4 minutes initially aiding recovery afterwards.

41 P1 A

Conditions / Restrictions
  • Touches: All in central areas
  • Zones: 1 main playing zone - Pentagon
  • Pitch Size: 352 yard area


Key Coaching Points
Work the goalkeeper with a variety of finishes, hitting the target each time, set players target of 5/6 for example of working GK. Speed of recovery to put immediate pressure on attacker, focusing on angle of recovery between player and goal.


Progressions & Constraints
  • Keep scores between players, develop contests between goalkeepers and possibly set time challenges for each group, or individual competitive pair.
  • Ask players what combinations they could add. e.g. Could have a ST to set who recovers after setting shooter. Shooter then becomes ST setting next player and so on.


Key Coaching Questions
  • How does this affect the practice? Slower/Faster. Accurate or inaccurate shots?
  • How can players mentally prepare themselves for reacting to their missed shots to defend counter? Which players switch off?