AYSO Region 104


FineSoccer Drill 182 - Dynamic Runs Up Front and Much More

Here is a simple activity that works on runs by frontrunners in different situations while also working on defensive shape, balance and communication. Start with a keeper in goal, 2 defenders and 2 forwards with the rest of the players in a semi circle around the goal (30-35 yards from goal). The players on the outside all have a ball. See diagram below

Each player on the outside has a ball and the coach calls out one of the players names and that player must find one of the two forwards who are trying to make runs to create space either for themselves or for their partner. All of the players on the outside have their ball between their legs and are doing touches side to side until it's their turn to play the ball in. Players eventually rotate into each of the different positions

Next we add a third defender. Now the rule is that when the player on the outside plays the ball into a forward, they can follow their pass into the play.

Next the rule is changed so now two names are called. The first player called plays the ball in and the second player joins the attack.

Next we add a fourth defender and now both players whose names are called can join the attack.

Next we add a 5th defender and have 3 players join the attack

As you can see, their are many variations to this type of activity and it just depends upon what exactly the coach is trying to accomplish to decide which variation you want to try. Even the players on the outside are getting touches on the ball and some fitness work and this could be varied to different types of touches.

Give this activity a try and see what variations you can come up with to help your team

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