PLAYING BACK TO GOAL
Playing back to goal is one of the hardest skills for young players. However, the ability to hold the ball up and protect it or to turn and go to goal are key skills that are important for all young players. The objective of this session is to help build the skill of playing back to goal. The session is good for players u12 and older
Dynamic warm up 8 minutes
Ball familiarity 7 minutes
Part 1 – 15 minutes
- To practice the skill of receiving and protecting the ball
- To practice the skill of receiving to turn
- Technical practice in groups of 3.
- Work for 1 minute then quickly rotate.
- Controlling with the outside of the foot and shielding from pressure. Control the ball and play it back.
- Controlling with the sole of the foot away and shielding pressure. Control the ball and play it back.
- Move to only one ball. Make a one touch turn and play to the other side. Check away and check in to receive and turn.
- Make yourself “big” to protect the ball – either “side-on,” or adopting a “posting-up” shape.
- Try to keep the tempo of the practice high and as close to match realistic as possible.
- Use of the arms to protect the ball and feel the opponent.
Part 2 – 15 minutes
Shielding leading to a 2 vs 1 to goal
- The ball is played into the forward who must control it and protect it from the defender
- The player who played the ball in follows their pass and they create a 2 vs 1 to goal
- The forward must be”strong” will a good mentality to protect the ball
- Use of the arms to hold the defender off
- If the defender gets too close can the forward “roll” them as demonstrated by the coach
- Quality in the finish
Part 3 – 20 minutes
The game is 1 vs 1 in each half of the field plus a goalkeeper. The set-up allows the players to try and use the back to goal techniques already practiced to try and turn to beat their opponent and score.
- 1 vs 1 in each half plus a goalkeeper
- Otherwise normal game.
- The game is very demanding so rotate the field players frequently.
- Should you have a bigger squad play 2 vs 2. Again, rotate the players regularly.
- Ability to protect the ball
- Mentality to try and turn the defender to get a strike to goal.
- Control the ball or one touch turn?
- Three zones are created.
- In the final zone there is one attacker and one defender.
- Can the attacker receive and turn to strike at goal?
- Allow other players to enter the end zone.
- Remove all restrictions and play as a free game.
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