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FineSoccer Drill 21 - Combination Play

Have a field set up just like in the previous drills, but now have all three X's spread out on their end line and all three O's spread out on their end line.

The first game has the keeper kicking the ball anywhere on the O's die of the field and whoever gets to the ball first for the O's is trying to score against the other two O's. The neat part of this game is that it encourages risk taking because a player is not supposed to be successful taking on 2 defenders so if they try something and it doesn't work, it's no big deal but if it does work then it's great. This is one of the best ways to encourage players to become take on artists. If the ball goes on the other side of the field then the X's are playing 1 v 2. Players will have to work very hard to be successful.

The next variation is that whichever of the X's gets the ball can call out one of the other two X's names. That person is now on his team and they play 2 v 1 going to goal. If the 1 gets the ball then it's 1 v 2 to goal. This now adds communication and spacing a defense. Again if the ball goes to the other side of the field then the O's are in play.

The last variation I want to introduce is where it's the X's versus the O's. The X's can only score on their side of the goal and the O's can only score on their side of the goal. This is a very high speed intense game and also provides a tremendous workout to the keeper (there is only one keeper in at a time for each of these drills). To some extent their is no boundary and first team to the ball gets to keep it.

In each of these games, the keeper must play fairly and not pass the ball her friends but instead must play the ball out to open space to give each person an opportunity to win the ball.

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