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VIDEO: Attacking the inside shoulder

Start by helping the players to understand what it means to attack the inside shoulder. The exercise then develops this so players run the right line, pass the ball and then follow their pass to give support to the next ball carrier.

 

  1. Walk and talk through the reasons for attacking the inside shoulder, and following the pass – to make the defender turn away from the next receiver. The line of the attacker then blocks the defender from following the pass.
  2. Set up a feeder and receiver at the sides of a 5m box. Put a “defender” in front of the attacker about 5m away, holding a ball.
  3. The defender holds the ball in the hand away from the feeder.
  4. The attacker runs to the side of the defender that’s not holding the ball, receives a pass and then passes to the next receiver.
  5. The attacker then runs to the other side of the defender and grabs the ball.
  6. Repeat and rotate the players. Remember to work from both sides.

TECHNIQUE

  • Hands up to receive the ball.
  • Run with the shoulders facing up the field.
  • Pass and then follow, not the other way around.

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