LOSING A DEFENDER-STRETCHING DEFENCES
Dimensions: 30x 30 yard square, one goal on one end line. Two 2 yard lines of cones 20 yards from goal (see video for exact placement) One player starts by either coned line with a Feeder stood 30 yards from goal
How to: Feeder plays the ball into either attacker by the cones, the attacker makes a return pass back to the feeder, at that point both players move down their line of cones spreading out from each other. The feeder passes a through ball through to either player who must then take a shot on goal.
Objective: To simulate stretching a defensive line. Imagine in this case the cones are defenders. When the ball is played into an attackers feet they aren’t always going to be allowed to turn on the ball. By passing the ball back to the midfielder and spreading out you make certain things happen: One of the defenders will have to press the ball. Now that you have created some width you allow your midfielder to give you the pass to your feet, which allows you a 1v1 against a full back, or because you have stretched the defence you will create gaps for the through ball to be played in behind and you have a goal scoring opportunity.
Coaching Points: Make sure the width you create allows you to see your midfielder in possession and the area of space you want to exploit.
Take a positive first touch when the ball comes back to you so you don’t lose any momentum generated.
Use your team mate- if they have a better shooting opportunity than you, lay it off to them for the easy finish Don’t play with your head down. Be aware of your team mates.
Progressions/Adaptations: Feeder chips a pass over the top instead of a through ball on the ground.
Add a defender (Defender can press the ball the moment the first pass is made) You will need to allow the players some create freedom with their passes now, encourage them to stick to the principals of the drill though (Creating width, encourage though balls and exploiting space created.)