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Diamonds Add Sparkle
By David Clarke
If you want your players to score long range goals like Frank Lampard does from midfield, try this fun game that rewards anyone shooting from distance.
WHY USE IT
Shots from outside the penalty area are very effective at all age groups. They can go straight into the net past a bemused keeper or bounce back from a defender or keeper to give easy rebounds. It’s a great way to get your team scoring.
The pitch is diamond shaped to help draw the players towards goal. The number of players you use will determine the size of the pitch. We’ve used 12 players including keepers in a 40×30 yards area. You need cones, balls and a goal.
HOW TO PLAY
Play two attackers and three defenders in each of the two separate areas of the pitch. Players must stick to their areas as much as possible. The attackers are there for rebounds or shots from close range.
Players get points depending on how they score. The points system encourages players to shoot from their own half because the rewards are much greater: goals scored from a player’s own half are worth 5pts; from a rebound 3pts; scored in opposition half using a first-time shot 2pts; and any other goal 1pt.
This session came from Soccer Coach Weekly.
Interested in more exercises? Try these links:
1. Pressing in key areas – Steve Kean
3. Tomb raiders
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