soccer coaching game to improve speed of attack

Objective: To improve speed of attack, attacking as a team and getting back quickly to defend when the other team wins the ball.

Age group: U9s and upwards.

Set-up: Create a playing area 40 yards long by 30 yards wide with goals at each end and a halfway line.

Divide your players into teams of four plus goalkeepers.

How to play: Goals only count if all the attacking team (except the goalkeeper) are in the opponent's half when the ball crosses the goal line.

To encourage quick attacks and recovery runs, goals count double if any of the defending players fail to get back into their half before a goal is scored.

Progression: Require a minimum of three passes before the ball is passed over the halfway line. This encourages a more thoughtful build-up.

Add neutral players who stay on the sidelines and receive passes and pass back to the team that passes to them. All attacking moves now have to include at least one pass to a neutral player.

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