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4-3-2 passing with a purpose

I always maintain that passing should be for a reason – even if it is just because there is someone better placed to take the ball forward. This session works on quick passing under pressure with a passing option at the end. By Dan Cottrell

  1. The feeder moves forward and passes
  2. The defenders target the feeder and first receive
  3. The attackers aim to get the ball to the end receiver

  1. The end receiver from the previous box becomes the static feeder for this box
  2. The defenders target the first two receivers

  1. The end receiver from the previous box becomes the static feeder for this box
  2. This becomes a 2v2

CHALLENGE

Pass, realign, stay square and pass again.

SET UP

Three 10m wide channels, side by side.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Put four attackers at one end of the first channel and two defenders about 7m away.
  • The attackers run forward, aiming to get the ball to the end player. The defenders mark the first two players and pressurise them (4 v 2).
  • Once the end player has received the ball, he puts it down and then becomes a feeder.
  • The attackers realign in the middle box and the defenders realign at the other end. The feeder releases the ball but does not join the attack. The defenders pressurise the first two attackers but now it’s a 3 v 2.
  • The last player becomes the feeder for the final channel and again sits out the attack, which is now a full-on 2 v 2.
  • If the attack makes a mistake, they go back to the start.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Allow defenders to drift out and full tackling. The players still have to realign to start in the next box and the feeder still has to run to the corner before he passes.
  • This will inevitably slow things down, increasing the requirements for good timing and running skills to preserve the space.

TECHNIQUE

  • Fix a defender by running straight then pass the ball quickly.
  • Keep moving the ball with short passes.
  • Attack at pace, so hold your depth.
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