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How to train attacking movement into the D?

How to train the movement of the attackers in the D zone

Hi Laura.


Here's a great drill that will help answer your question!


It works your players ability to make the correct decision in attacking situations and ensure correct attackers are in correct positions to affect the game.


This should hopefully increase your changes of threatening the opposition goal and coming away with a positive result.


Hope this helps.


Archie

Attacking Shoulder of D

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  • Objective: Players to make the correct decision in attacking situations and ensure correct attackers are in correct position to affect the game.
  • Purpose: Increase the chances of threatening the opposition goal and coming away with a positive result.
  • Set-up
    • Midfielder plays ball across the pitch from left to right.
    • Receiving midfielder will start to carry the ball forward and should threaten to play the ball directly into the D.
    • Attacker runner on the D will initially run towards the passer to show for the ball, then peel off, aiming their run towards the baseline.
    • A defender will decide whether to follow the attacking runner or block the ball from the receiving midfielder going into the D.
    • The pass that receiving midfielder makes, should be influenced by the defenders movement as to where the space is.
    • 2 attackers in the D should initially look for a deflection if the ball is flung directly into the D. If the ball is played to the attacker running the D, they should reposition themselves to receive a pass or be at the far post for a deflection.

Coaching Points:
  • Midfielders playing the ball to attackers should play with their head up to see the defenders movement. They have a better chance of choosing the correct ball to play.
  • Defenders should try not to commit too early to make it difficult for attackers.
  • Attackers in the D need to react to what's happening and ensure they are positioned correctly depending on the ball that has been played.

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