Don’t let your attack become stuck in a one-size-fits-all pod of three players. Test the decision-making skills of the team. The three-player pod allows an additional attacking option to open when the defence doesn’t align to match your attack. MORE
Run out, pass in
Create situations under pressure where passers and their support players have to run at one angle and then pass at another. Encourage players to attack at pace and find ways to keep the ball moving forward.
The support player tracks the ball carrier so they can be ready to take a pass or help the ball carrier if they are tackled.
Start a ball carrier at the corner of the box. Put a support player in the middle of the same end and another on the other corner.
Tell the ball carrier to run towards one of the three gates of cones. They go through and passes immediately to a support player.
The support player then runs through another gate of cones (their choice) and then passes immediately.
Change the starting positions of the first ball carrier. You start by having one of the support players passing the ball and then following up in support.
Put a ruck-pad holder in the box. They run to one of the gates and the ball carrier has to drive into the pad and go to ground for the next support player to drive the pad out of the way.
Or have a defender, who can tackle at waist height, guarding the last two gates.
- Two hands on the ball.
- Calling clearly for the ball.
- Running on to the pass.