Technical skills, zonal support and crossing from the wing
To encourage the player with the ball to pass to team-mates on either wing. The wide players drive forward and cross the ball to create a goalscoring opportunity.
Reduced pitch (length equal to width, approx. 68 x 68m).
Two teams of 8 v 8 (including goal- keepers).
One goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, one striker and one player on each wing, all attacking and defending zonally.
1. A defender receives the ball from the goalkeeper. On the first touch, an opponent may put pressure on
the player in possession. The opposi- tion should build up pressure gradu- ally.
2. Players in the central zone should support by shaking off their mark- ers and try to gain possession of the ball, then make at least two or three passes before seeking out a team-
mate on the wing. The wide player is limited to two touches.
3. The two players in the wing sec- tion (one from each team) should shadow each other but not offer any serious opposition so that the at- tacking move is not obstructed.
4. When a team wins or recovers the ball it carries out the same techni-
cal and tactical procedures for attack and defence.
1. Players in the central zone can- not enter the wing sections. They can assist by playing one-twos and receive the ball to shoot at goal, but can only enter the wing section
when the coach changes the players’
2. As the training is quite intensive for the wide players (they have
to defend as well as attack), the coach should change these players
3. The practice should be similar to a real game: it continues at a normal pace and the emphasis is on scoring goals.
1. Players on the ball try to keep possession; if in difficulty they should pass to their wide players.
2. Players in the central zone should time their attacking runs to meet the crosses from their wide players.
3. Each team should maintain a bal- ance between attack and defence;
if they lose the ball they have to defend effectively.
4. Communication and support should be encouraged.
5. The players should be swift and effective in controlling the ball, pass- ing, crossing and shooting.