The Yorke and Cole
Dimensions: 3 cones in a triangle placed centrally 40 Yards from goal (see animation for exact placement) the approximate distances are 5 yards for each of the passes, and 8 yards between the cones that the player runs between.
Have a coned channel down one side of the field for the wide player to occupy.
How to: This drill aims to develop understanding of positions between an attacking pair. In this session you are attempting to recreate link up play displayed by the Manchester United strike partnership of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, The Youtube video shows the move we are attempting to recreate.
Players go in groups of two. Player 1 occupies the cone furthest from goal with a soccer ball, their partner, player 2, takes up a position with their back to goal 5 yards away on the cone closer to the goal. Player one passes into player two and moves to the free cone to receive a return pass. Player 1 then plays a ball out wide to the player in the channel. Player one and player two advance up the field
The cross should be delivered low and hard into Player 1, player 2 must should to player 1 to leave the ball, player 1 then allows the ball to run through their legs or close past them, a ‘Dummy’ to deceive defenders. Player 2 collects the ball and decides whether to shoot or make a return pass.
Coaching Points: Timing of the dummy- Missing the ball is a deliberate move here, but it needs to look believable in order to trick the defenders. Make a motion to run with the ball as you leave it to fool defenders around you.
The importance of the call- You cannot let the ball run by you assuming someone will be there. If there is no call, don’t leave it to run by you, if your team mate calls for it they probably have a better scoring opportunity than you.