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Switching play (moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other) will allow teams to create significantly more space on a football pitch. And that, in turn, can lead to better goalscoring situations.
Changing this angle of an attack requires intelligence and reasonable passing ability, but get it right and it’s a potent weapon for your team.
Here’s how to do it.
How to set it up:
- Set up a 45×20 yards playing area.
- On both long sides, position three goals using poles or cones, each five yards wide. Each team protects three goals.
- In the area, a 4v3 takes place. The overload is designed to help one team achieve the coaching focus.
- Teams must maintain possession, use quick switching of play to find space – with both short and long passes – and score in any of the goals.
Progressing the session:
- After 10 minutes, add two players in sweeper roles behind the goals their team is defending. The opposition cannot score in a goal the sweeper is protecting.
- Rotate players regularly.
- Set up a 50×40 yards area with a full-size goal at one end and three small goals at the other. Play 5v4 (including the keeper), use normal rules. The team with the overload attacks the three goals. Here, look for switches from deep and quick breaks forward.
Why this works:
The session encourages forward angled passing, one-twos and through balls, and rehearses offensive as well as defensive principles. Teams that can hold onto the ball and make use of the space will create lots of scoring chances.
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