When you want to work on evasive skills, the low-numbered players, like the front row, don’t get much of a look in if they are pitted against faster players. You need to adapt and still make the game worthwhile. MORE
Set challenges where an under-powered attack has to break down the defence. Break off into smaller groups to isolate the skills before returning to a conditioned game.
The players will be forced to find solutions in this game. It will challenge them mentally as well.
Play 4 attackers v 8 defenders
- The attacking group has to score at the end of the box.
- They can pass, run, and drive the ball.
- The defence has to stop them by tackling and driving the four back.
- The defenders cannot touch the ball. Play for three minutes and then swap attackers and defenders.
Break out into the 10m boxes
- Use 1 v 2s in a box to develop evasion skills and desire to go through gaps.
- Use 2 v 3s in a box to develop passing to space, running angles and support.
Play 4 v 8 again, but now in a larger box
- Number the defence one to eight.
- Start the game and as it evolves shout out a number one to eight.
- The defending player with that number changes teams and becomes an attacker. Keep adding attackers until they score.
- Attack at pace.
- Keep the passes short and sharp.
- Don’t force the pass, attack the spaces between the defenders.