VIDEO: Grubber kicks into attacking options

This session is about increasing attacking options through grubber kicks (kicks along the ground), plus turning and getting behind a flat defence which is closing you down quickly.


  1. Set out a 5 metre wide by 10 metre long box.
  2. Practice 1: The ball carrier stands at one corner and grubber kicks the ball for another player, standing at the adjacent corner, to chase. The chaser picks up the ball and both players run through the box. Repeat with the players swapping places.
  3. Practice 2: The ball carrier (A1) runs at an angle from the corner of the box, and then kicks for the other player (A2) to chase. Repeat the practice as before.
  4. Practice 3: Starting at the side of the box, the ball carrier (A1) runs forward and kicks for two players (A2, A3) to chase. A defender (D) must try to block the kick, first with just their legs only, and then by any means.


The training session can be developed as follows. 1 Add another defender. The attackers can only score by kicking through and recovering the ball. 2 Start the defenders and attackers at each side of the box. They have to run around the corners before playing as the previous development.


  • Keep your head and knee over the ball, lean forward so there is less loss of momentum.
  • Strike through the upper section of the ball – unless you can see the centre of the ball, you are not doing it right.
  • Chasers: keep onside and follow the line of the ball.
  • Kick on your laces.
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