Develop good spacing in the attacking line to spread the defence and then find gaps. This activity starts the process by pulling attackers out of position and forces them to adjust. The development is ideal for the next stage of Return to Play. MORE
VIDEO: The tunnel drill in pairs
Developing the tunnel drill, the pairs exercise requires the supporting player to time their runs, plus provides a moving target for the first passer.
- Have two players run through a channel with players on either side.
- One side of the channel has passers, the other side receivers.
- The first working player takes and gives a pass to another player, who then passes the ball again as they run down this channel.
- Look for the working players to run in a natural style.
- Look out for players who twist their hips and cross their feet. This reduces their chances of fixing or beating defenders.
- Where’s best to stand?
- Can you give individual feedback during or at the end?
- Can the players themselves shout in advice, such as whether the pass is accurate?