CREATING OPPORTUNITIES AND BEATING THE OFFSIDE TRAP WITH ADAPTATIONS
Dimensions: 3 cones placed 20 Yards from a Goal. The three cones must be a yard away from the other creating two gaps. The cones must not be directly in front of goal, but more in line with a goal post to create a better angle for the drill.
How to: A player starts by the cones with their back to goal, there will be a Midfielder 5 yards further from goal in front of the player. Midfielder starts with the ball the drill starts when the player on the ball makes a movement, in the first video the player is starting wide and coming inside to draw in the defender, the Midfielder then makes a pass to the player’s feet. The player on the ball will act as the Playmaker and return a pass at an angle towards where they were originally stood to exploit the pocket of space they created to begin with. The midfielder will look for a pass back to the play maker before continuing their run. The playmaker will play a through ball through the cones to the midfielder who must shoot on goal.
Coaching Points: Make accurate passes, there are two types of ball being played here; a short pass to feet and a through ball. Make sure your weight of pass is right for either type. (Pass too hard and the ball will be collected by the goalkeeper, too soft and the running player will have to check their run and the attacking emphasis is lost)
Watch for offside: Treat the cones as if they are the last defender; don’t step offside before the ball is played. For this to be successful the timing of the pass is just as important as the timing of the run.
Move the ball quickly so you may capitalize on the space created from moving the marking defender