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Pass and support to create goals

When players pass the ball it is vital to their team’s success that they don’t just pass the ball then think their job is over. Support play will help your team keep possession of the ball and create goal-scoring chances. There’s a lot more to build up play than simply making good passes.It is often the pass into space that a player runs on to which creates the scoring opportunity.

This needs accuracy, good weight and timing of passes and runs. Supporting runs make life easier for your player on the ball, which means your team will have more chance of scoring goals.

Watch this goal from Landon Donovan and see how passing and support creates the chance to score then try the exercise below it to help you coach support play:

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How to set up the soccer drill

Mark out an area around 10 metres x 20 metres and start with three players in this soccer drill.

In the first part of the diagram, attacker A is in possession of the ball.

Defender B holds his position and allows A to pass.

Player C makes the overlap, creating the opportunity to pass past the defender.

Note: If you are playing offsides make sure player A has timed the pass so that C is not beyond B, and in an offside position, when the ball arrives.

Get your players to read the defender

B can set off towards C once A has passed the ball. One of the skills to pick up is the timing of the pass and the accuracy.
A has to has to be decisive with a crisp pass for C. Note that in the second diagram B is much more active.

Advance the soccer (football drill)

In the second soccer drill, player C plays the ball into A, who has to control, and pass back into the path of player C who has run on to support his pass. Player B meanwhile has come out of the corner and must try and win the ball, so C’s pass must be sharp, A must control, turn quickly and get his pass away to player C’s run. Player C must then hold off player B’s challenge
and get past the end line.

Soccer drill’s third phase

The third phase makes a much more demanding run from player C – the overlapping player. The move takes place like an attacking corner. Player A takes a short corner to player B, who controls the ball and shields it from defender D. Player A moves away into the field, while player C overlaps around the outside of B who lays the ball off to C in a dangerous attacking position, running into the penalty area.


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I’d like to be a coach in which i am a newly registered member of our coaches association but haven’t have any basic or level of training. so coming across your program which i deeply fancy and find it interesting and helpful. so what measures can you take to help people like us in the far end of the world. i am a football loving fan and a Big Fan of the Premier League.

Comment by Ebrima Jatta

I played as a playmaker for my U13 state team,what are the the most important skill and contribution from a central midfielder.Thank You.

Comment by Y H Tan

Firstly the most important thing is your first touch. This needs to be into space away from pressure. Then vision to play to your attackers. You can work on first touch, but vison and awareness requires understanding of the game. That will come by watching and playing experience. Try to keep your head up look for the runs and know your team mates.

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