In this series of posts, we share with you some drills and session plans for you to apply to your training sessions.
Today’s drill share focuses on building up an attack, breaking between lines to create an attack and then finishing off the attack. This activity is one that is particularly useful for teams that like to play out or build up from the back. The focus of the attack creation will be on the defenders in the activity below. On a matchday, those roles might be, for the team I work with, the centre-backs or the defensive midfielder.
The video below is a great analysis of Leonardo Bonnuci by Nouman. (2:19) is the most relevant part of the video to the activity. That 30 seconds or so is a great section to share with your team, especially the centre backs about how they can take on a deep playmaker role. I’d support this video by asking the players what triggered Bonucci to drive forward, and what made the drives in the video successful?
Today’s activity is one that I found in one of the many coaching resources that the FA have online. Although the source has slipped my mind, it was a really well-delivered session, as such I tried to make as many notes on the session as I could and adapted it as I needed.
Really make sure your focus is on the defenders and encouraging them to be bold to break the halfway line to launch an attack. Players will make mistakes, but that’s fine when debriefing the activity, you can address the risk and reward of building up from the back.
When you end up progressing this into a match, I’d keep the lines in as guidelines for the players to reference. If you don’t have a goalkeeper available, you can either rotate a team’s keeper around or you can not have a keeper and have cones in the corners of the goal instead, that the attackers must finish between them and the post to score.
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Please don’t take the drill sources as gospel, we’ve tried to credit drills, especially those we’ve seen elsewhere, alternatively if that’s not possible, we’ve credited the coach that has put on that version of that drill. Please get in touch, using the comments section below if there’s another source.