Review: I’ve used this drill many times with my U12 girls team. It encourages them to keep their heads up, make quick decisions and switch the play quickly. A top drill!
Purpose: To develop passing and switching play in attack, and cover and balance in defence.
Procedure: An area approximately 60X60 yards square is used; four small goals are placed at each corner. Goalkeepers do not play; each team defends two goals at one end and attacks the other two at the far end. The players play possession soccer and attempt to ‘pull’ the bulk of the defenders over to defend one goal before switching the ball suddenly towards the less well-guarded goal and trying to score there.
Development: (a) Play one- or two-touch soccer. (b) The coach can award extra points for goals which come directly from the team switching play.