- Set up these attacking runs with 2 lines roughly 25-30 yards from goal.
- Have 1-2 players on each side near the sideline for optimal width.
- Balls begin with the players in the 2 lines.
- 1 player plays a firm, quality pass to the player near the sideline.
- 1st player in each of the 2 lines make runs towards the goal.
- Wide player takes 1 touch to take the ball down the line towards the goal line and uses 2nd to cross the ball into the box.
- 1 player makes a run to the near post, 1 to the far post looking for a shot on goal from the cross.
- Alternate sides for each cross.
- Passes wide should be "game like" meaning firm and accurate.
- Wide player should attack space down the line with 1st touch with a good chance of pace.
- Attacking runs should be in a "banana" shaped run into the box. This is imperative for success. NO STRAIGHT RUNS! By running away from the ball first causes the defender to have to take his/her eyes off of the ball to look and find where the attacker is, giving the attack an edge.
- As the 2 attackers approach the goal they should "explode" with a change of pace again increasing difficulty for defender to follow both player and ball.
- Just prior to the cross the players should accelerate towards their ending spot.
- One should always go near, and one to the far post. The far post player should finish the run roughly 5 yards shallower, meaning if near post player ends the run at the 6 yard box, the back post should finish the run even with the penalty spot. This provides depth to your attack.
- Remember, encourage successes!
- Add a passive defender.
- Add 1 defender for the cross, have that defender pick 1 player to cover and leave the other free. This forces the players to communicate where they want the cross, and forces the crosser to look up and be accurate!.
- Add a 2nd defender to make very difficult. This forces the attackers to time their runs as well as their change of pace precisely to have success.
Total time estimated:
- 10-15 minutes for these soccer attacking runs.