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The pass into the circle is determined by the lead of the attackers and the movement of the defender. Work on decision-making in the final third to improve success rate around the circle.

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  • Objective: Players to be in the correct position when deflecting a ball at the back post.
  • Purpose: Increase the chances of connecting with the ball and therefore scoring a goal.
  • Set-up
    • A midfield passer will start with the ball and wait for an attacker to make a run on the edge of the D. 
    • Attacker will initially run towards the passer to show for the ball, then peel off, aiming their run towards the baseline.
    • At this point, the passer will play the ball into the attackers path and the far post attacker will start their run towards the far post.
    • Attacker with the ball will hit a cross in the direction of the far post.
    • The far post attacker should be in a set position and attempt to deflect the cross into the goal.

Coaching points

  • Far post attacker should be in a set position at the time which the cross is struck.

  • They need to be squatted, low to the ground with the stick in the middle of the stance. This will shorten to movement required to connect with the ball and increase the chances of a successful deflection.

  • Attacker crossing the ball should aim to stroke the ball in the direction of the far post.

Progression

  • Add in a defender to follow the attacking runner crossing the ball.
  • Make the far post attacker delay the timing of their run, to emphasise the urgency to get in a set position as quickly as possible.

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Drill tags: deflection, goalscoring, positioning, passing

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