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Change the point of attack

Exercise Description:

Area: The area is designed to suit the ability of your players. Two balls are going at the same time to avoid players waiting. Above, we show combinations that force the players to move the ball quickly and shift the point of attack. Mannequins are used to mimic defenders. A coach could stand in this position if you do not have these.

1. The first combination shows up back and through.

2. The second combination finishes with a give-and-go between the wide player and the forward.

3. The third combination shows a longer pass hit wide and then a third-player run.

Come up with combinations that help the player and that suit your style of play.

Coaching points: Body shape. 1-2 touch mentality. Quality of pass. Understand where to place the pass. Quick movement into space to support. Triangulate. Communication. In decision-making, think ahead.

Intended outcome:

  • To help the players visualize and feel what things could look like when we switch the ball.

  • Improving the player's technical ability.

  • Give the players ideas of how to switch the point of attack.

  • Get them to understand how quickly the ball needs to move.

  • To gain confidence when we are in possession of the ball and understand when to see that the team is trapped.


Come up with more combinations of your own that suit your playing style.

Possible Performance Problems:

Unrealistic passing and movement. Players must visualize themselves in a game situation.

Passing is not accurate (to the correct foot)

Players are not receiving the ball with an open body shape and on their back foot.

Be ready to focus - Make decisions

Keep scanning the area and visualize playing in a game.

Accept mistakes - Find solutions

Coach your teammates


Applaud good play

Be ready to pass or receive the ball


Be willing to move

Make the tackle

Quality of the pass and first touch

1-2 touch mentality

Body shape - Control with back-foot

First touch

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