Strikers Link up Play
Dimensions: One goal, one cone with Balls 30 yards out from goal. Place two cones 8 yards apart 10 and 20 yards out from goal (see animation for further clarity on set up)
One player on the cone by the balls to act as the feeder, a player on both 10 and 20 yard line standing diagonally opposite each other. Each striker should be able to see a free cone to the side of them.
How to: The feeder passes the ball into the deeper lying striker (closest to feeder) the pass should be aimed at the free cone, forcing the striker to move to collect it, striker then plays a return pass. The more advanced striker (further from the midfielder, closer to the goal) must be watching the play, when their supporting striker moves to collect the ball they must switch to their free cone, maintaining a balanced field.
The feeder now plays a longer pass into the more advanced striker, again, aiming for their free cone forcing them to move for the ball, deeper lying, supporting striker must be aware to a switch in position and move to their free cone too.
Advanced striker lays the ball back to their supporting striker who shoots at goal.
Run each player a few times in the same role before switching positions to allow them to adjust to the function of what you are asking each player to do
Coaching Points: Maintain attacking balance- Moving anywhere as a forward player will alert defenders and draw them to your run, if both strikers take up similar runs or positions it makes you easy to cover, this can potentially waste opportunities. Be aware of your strike partner’s position and move accordingly.
Move the ball quickly- Capitalize on the movement by exploiting the new space.
Playing the ball back to a team mate often opens the field up to a better passing opportunity since they are facing play.
Progressions/Adaptations:Allow the supporting striker to move laterally before coming to collect the ball- Dropping deep then coming short for a pass is a good way to lose a marking defender