Objective: To improve attacking and defending skills as a warm-up or as part of a coaching session.
Age group: U8s to U14s.
Set up: Create a 20-yard square for every four or five players as shown below.
How to play: One player starts in the middle zone and has a choice of which defender to attack. The player then attempts to score.
If the player is successful, he returns to the middle zone, collects a ball and attacks another defender.
If the defender manages to stop the player, the defender runs into the middle zone, collects a ball and attacks the defender of their choice.
The practice is continuous and can be played with one or more additional players in the middle for increased intensity.
Your players will soon learn that good defending will give them the chance to attack and score.