Midfielders and Forwards Attacking Combinations

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on midfielders and forwards combining to get to goal.

Start with a midfielder in possession of the ball around midfield.  Two other central midfielders out a bit wider and 10 yards in front and a forward just outside the top of the D.  A keeper is in the goal they are attacking.

Player 1 finds the forward with a pass.  He then starts overlapping around player 3

Player 2 passes to player 3 one touch and then player 3 one touches to player 4

Player 4 finds player 1 on the overlap.

Players 2,3 and 4 then make runs to finish players 1 cross.  If player 1 has to take a touch to get the ball down closer to the end line and also to allow the other players to make their runs, that is fine.

As soon as the first group has gone, 4 new players take their place.

When the first group goes again, they rotate positions so player 1 now starts where player 2 was, player 2 starts where player 3 was, player 3 starts where player 4 was and player 4 starts where player 1 was.

This is a great activity working on combination play, crossing and finishing.

If you want, you could add a defender or two into the penalty area so the runs and crosses would have to be adjusted based on where the defenders are.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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