by Bruce Deaton
I have used this for a lot of basic attacking principles – a number of different ways (transition play, changing point of attack, second and third man runs, speed of play – all with emphasis on attitude to attack and capitalizing on opportunities).
Number of players: 4 for each team and 4 target players – 12 total – could expand numbers on each team but teams should remain even.
Play 4 v 4 with four target players – one in each corner – target players play on the team that has possession of the ball.
Field size can be adjusted to number and experience level of the players, but it should have more width than length. (30 by 40yds.)
Each of the four corner goals is basically a 3 by 3 yd. square. No defending inside the square because you are asking those players to play the ball within two touches.
Coach serves ball in to start
The team in possession of the ball, looks to play it into any one of the four target players. The target player then must play the ball out (within two touches) to a different member of the same team that passed the ball to them. That is how a team scores.
Then the team can proceed to attack any of the other three goals.
The progression from this activity is to take the four target players and split them up on the two teams. Thus moving from 4 v 4 with 4 targets to 6 v 6. Now to score, the team in possession of the ball, must pass the ball to a player moving into one of the the corner goals and then that player must play it out to another player. This now involves a third attacking player in the sequence to score. Once a team has scored on any of the four corner goals, they can now proceed to attack any of the other goals to score.
In each case, the higher level players could be asked to play this all as two touch.
Movement without the ball / support angle
Body positioning for receiving and distribution of the ball
First touch quality, playing away from pressure
Speed of attack
Decision-making, where is the best opportunity for attack
Bruce Deaton is the Head soccer coach – Ouachita Christian School Monroe, LA – six years Louisiana Soccer Association – ODP Staff Coach – three years 2009 LHSSCA – Division 3 Girls – State (Louisiana) Coach of the Year National “B” License, National Youth License (USSF), Regional Goalkeeping Diploma (NSCAA)