The player with the ball runs around the cone before then trying to pass the ball to the player standing behind the defender.
To get the ball past the defender players should dummy and try to pass past the left foot of the defender.
The receiving player has to run the ball around the cone before attempting to pass the ball back to the other side.
If the defender intercepts the ball players must change roles.
The defender is only allowed to defend on the line.
Players should make eye contact and the passer should try to send the defender the wrong way and pass down the defender's weak side.
2 v 1 with depth.
Blue player starts with a self pass and runs at the defender with the option of then passing the ball to the deep player or taking the defender on themselves.
The defender is allowed to move to try and win the ball.
When the ball reaches the other side the practice reverses and continues in the other direction.
The player with ball has a free hit.
They should play a self pass before then trying to get the ball to either player.
The defender has to keep their distance from the free hitter and try to move so that they can intercept the pass. Players on the free hit should disguise the direction of their pass.
Spread your team anywhere inside the half of a pitch. Only give your team 3 balls.
You may pass the ball around to anyone inside the half. This will create a lot of talking and activity.
Do this exercise for about 5 minutes. It is important that the players keep talking and moving off the ball, always making themselves available to receive the ball.
For quick decision making do the same exercise inside the circle.
Set out the grid as shown with 2 goals either side of the defender.
1 player starts with the ball and has to run into contact with the defender (draw the defender) on doing so the player with the ball can decide to continue and try to run round the defender or turn away from the defender keeping possession of the ball and pass the ball to the supporting player who is only allowed to come into the grid and help if they have received the ball.
Now the 2 player can play a 2 v 1 and try to score a goal.
Four teams of 3 or 4 players. Put one goal 15m over the half way line so the half way line is the top of the circle. The four team teams, one playing and one on the 23m line, are working in two partnerships - whites vs blues. Team 1 starts with the ball and tries to score against team 2. When team 2 gain possession, either after a goal or tackle, they have to pass the ball to team 3 who now can try and score in the other goal. Team 1 has to run back and defend. When team 1 win the ball they have to pass the ball to team 4 who attack against team 3 etc. After a team has passed the ball to their partner team they take their place at the 23m line and wait for their chance to attack.
Spread your team anywhere inside the half of a pitch. Only give your team 3 balls. You may pass the ball around to anyone inside the half. This will create a lot of talking and activity. Do this exercise for about 5 minutes. It is important that the players keep talking and moving off the ball, always making themselves available to receive the ball. For quick decision making do the same exercise inside the circle.
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