In last week’s installment of the Coaches Corner, we talked about the importance of the tranisition game. Here’s another drill that encourages quick ball movement up the field and trains players to continually push upfield to support vertical passes and put pressure on the defense.
Field 20 yds wide by 54 yds long, with 4-yd wide goals
2 v. 2 with target player ahead.
No GK’s - players behind goal have a supply of balls to keep the exercise fl owing.
2 vs. 2 for two minutes. When #4 & #5 (in diagram) win the ball, they look to play directly to #9, scoring in a one, two, or three-man combination.
Target players have one function only – rebound ball to teammate. They do not tackle or score and cannot be tackled. They always stay ahead of the ball.
To get players conditioned to win ball and immediately look to play ball quickly forward to begin the counterattack. The exercise also helps condition players to support vertical passes.