The low tackle is the best way to neutralise mismatches in size and power. It relies on a tackler closing down space to restrict the attacker’s speed and momentum – use this scoring game to get it right. MORE
Blind passing when it makes sense
Develop the players’ understanding of when they can pass without looking at the receiver, using this simple exercise to embed the skills and communication needed.
- A ball carrier sprints up the narrow channel, aiming to get to the middle cones before passing
- A supporting player runs behind the first ball carrier
- A defender races forward to touch the first ball carrier
- The ball carrier passes as late as possible to the supporting player
- Note: You could start this with a short pass. Adjust starting points according to skills
- Add in a defender who either steps in or out, so the ball carrier has to choose which supporting player to pass to
- Add in an attacker coming from wide
Trick defenders and open up gaps in defences with angled runs and no-look passes.
Cones and ball
HOW TO DO IT
- Put two attackers at one corner of the box and a defender at the opposite end, in line with the attacker with a ball.
- Have the ball carrier run into the box and stay in the corridor opposite the defender.
- The defender races down the corridor.
- The ball carrier aims to get as far down the corridor as possible before passing.
- In the meantime, the other attacker runs into the space to the side of the corridor to receive a pass.
Note: Because the ball carrier wants to be as far forward in the corridor and not bump into the defender before they deliver the ball, they won’t be focused on the defender.
- Swap roles and then swap angles.
- Add another defender and attacker as in the bottom picture.
- Now the ball carrier has a choice of who to pass to, depending on the second defender’s decision making.
See how the passer (Ben Teo) doesn’t give away the intention of the pass, and looks to lift the ball into the space for the runner.