John Peacock: First-Team Coach at Derby County and former Coach of England U17.
In this article we show one of his favorite practice present in UEFA Magazine – The Technician.
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‘DROPPING OFF THE FRONT’
To work on the strikers’ movement, in particular ‘dropping off the front’.
2 teams of 7v7 (including goalkeepers) – two defenders, two strikers and two wide players (the latter cannot enter the field).
Two areas (33 x 22 metres) divided by a 3-metre free zone.
– One defender receives the ball from the goalkeeper. On the first touch, the opposition strikers can press.
– The player on the ball can use the wide players (they are restricted to two touches) or can directly find the striker who has come off into the free zone (i.e. defenders cannot enter this area).
– The striker turns and plays 1v1 or combines with his attacking team-mate.
– Repeat the move in the opposite direction.
– One defending player can join the strikers to create 3v2 in the attacking zone. A wide player can replace the ‘missing’ defender in order to maintain 2v2 at the back.
– Remove the central zone restriction.
Key coaching points:
– The players in possession should always try to play forward.
– The turning skills of the strikers in the free zone should be quick and fluid.
– Communication and support play must be emphasised.
– The finishing skills should be fast and appropriate.