Some teams start to get the concept of possession and do a very good job of building the attack, but lack the opportunity to be patient in the middle and attacking third. They look for the first opportunity to penetrate the defense. While I don’t want to discourage players from counterattacking before the defense is set, it is not always on. I have seen many teams that play out of the back and build up the attack, but then look to play the killer pass too soon. They give away possession and let the other team in the game. The other team has no business being in the game due to their opponent’s ability to keep possession, if they wait for a better chance. Don’t get me wrong, I do not advocate a game of passing for no reason (Colombian Connect-The-Dots). I simply believe that the first chance to penetrate is always the best option. This game can be converted into a small-sided game. In the video, I have made it an 11v11 game. I suggest you play the team a year younger than yours at the club. Do not tell the other team why the cones are there or the restrictions you put on your team as they will tend to play the drill and not the game of soccer. The field is divided into thirds and then the middle third is divided horizontally into thirds (the middle third is the width of the penalty box (44 yards)). We will call the horizontal thirds, zones as to avoid confusion. Your team must build out of the back and once they get into the middle third, they must play into one of the outside zones and then transfer into the other outside zone before they can look to go to goal. You do not have to be a stickler and the ball may reenter the defensive third or enter the attacking third as they swing it from zone to zone (swing it or switch the point of attack it you prefer). Though, you do not want them to solely rely on swinging the ball in the back as a swung ball in the midfield is more dangerous to your opponent. If the other team does their job of shifting side to side while defending, your team will have a lot of success penetrating their defense. If the do not shift well, their will be large gaps between their defenders to exploit. Explain to your team that if the ball is swung too slowly, the defense can shift and recover. Thus, it might be on to swing it again. You must, however, avoid the team merely passing without purpose in the middle third. The teaching points will be when it is on to attack and when it is not. This patience may lead to fewer chances for your team, but the chances you generate will be of much higher quality. Quality, not Quantity.
Some teams start to get the concept of possession and do a very good job of building the attack, but lack the opportunity to be patient in the middle and attacking third. They look for the first opportunity to penetrate the defense. While I don’t want to discourage players from counterattacking before the defense is set, it is not always on. I have seen many teams that play out of the back and build up the attack, but then look to play the killer pass too soon. They give away possession and let the other team in the game. The other team has no business being in the game due to their opponent’s ability to keep possession, if they wait for a better chance. Don’t get me wrong, I do not advocate a game of passing for no reason (Colombian Connect-The-Dots). I simply believe that the first chance to penetrate is always the best option. This game can be converted into a small-sided game. In the video, I have made it an 11v11 game. I suggest you play the team a year younger than yours at the club. Do not tell the other team why the cones are there or the restrictions you put on your team as they will tend to play the drill and not the game of soccer. The field is divided into thirds and then the middle third is divided horizontally into thirds (the middle third is the width of the penalty box (44 yards)). We will call the horizontal thirds, zones as to avoid confusion. Your team must build out of the back and once they get into the middle third, they must play into one of the outside zones and then transfer into the other outside zone before they can look to go to goal. You do not have to be a stickler and the ball may reenter the defensive third or enter the attacking third as they swing it from zone to zone (swing it or switch the point of attack it you prefer). Though, you do not want them to solely rely on swinging the ball in the back as a swung ball in the midfield is more dangerous to your opponent. If the other team does their job of shifting side to side while defending, your team will have a lot of success penetrating their defense. If the do not shift well, their will be large gaps between their defenders to exploit. Explain to your team that if the ball is swung too slowly, the defense can shift and recover. Thus, it might be on to swing it again. You must, however, avoid the team merely passing without purpose in the middle third. The teaching points will be when it is on to attack and when it is not. This patience may lead to fewer chances for your team, but the chances you generate will be of much higher quality. Quality, not Quantity.

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