Link-Up Play With Midfielders and Forwards

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This exercise focuses on quick passing, movement and shooting from outside the box. It can be used as a warm-up with the team or specifically with the forwards and midfielders. There are techncial (passing and shooting), physical (speed and sharpness), and tactical (communication and supporting angles) components involved. All players are constantly moving and aware of their next position. There should not be long lines and the tempo should be as high as the quality level.

 

Set-Up:

The play takes place in a 40 yard square. You need 2 goalkeepers and a good supply of balls. Players are split into 2 groups on the red and yellow poles with the first three players taking positions A,B, and C (See Below). There are a number of variations and patterns to play.

 

1st Practice:

The midfield player (A) makes an angled pass to supporting forward (B). Player B receives the ball with an open body shape and plays the ball into target player C. Player B continues his/her run and Player C lays the ball off to Player B who shoots. (See Below)

Player C recovers the ball and joins the opposite line. Each player moves forward on place. Both channels work simultaneously.

2nd Practice:

Player A plays a give and go with Player B. After receiving the return, Player A then plays another give and go with Player C. After receiving the ball from the second give and go, Player A then shoots on goal. (See Below)

Player C recovers the ball and joins the opposite line. Each player moves forward on place. Both channels work simultaneously.

 

 3rd Practice:

Player A plays an angled pass into Player B and then makes a forward run. Player B opens up quickly and plays the ball into Player C. Player C receives the ball just as Player A is arriving and sets him/her for the shot.  (See Below)

Player C recovers the ball and joins the opposite line. Each player moves forward on place. Both channels work simultaneously.

 

4th Practice:

Player B checks into receive the ball from Player A. Player A instead plays a lofted pass into Player C. Player B then spins off and goes to support the ball. Player C sets the ball for Player B who has a shot on goal. (See Below)

Player C recovers the ball and joins the opposite line. Each player moves forward on place. Both channels work simultaneously.

 

Coaching Points:

– Pace and accuracy of pass

– Supporting angle and position when receiving the pass

– Before receiving the pass, opposite movement to create space

– Communication!

 

 

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2 Responses to "Link-Up Play With Midfielders and Forwards"
  1. Fatih Celikdis says:

    Great exercise but don’t you think it is a little dangerous to use this to warm up? I would try to avoid shots and prefer passing exercises over shoting included exercises for the warm up. Still a great job here, would always add this into the middle/final part of the training. Players should love it.

    • garycurneen says:

      Hi Fatih,
      Thanks for responding and taking the time to read. Personally, I have changed my warm-ups over the past couple of years to be more game realistic. To do this I include shooting, pressing, crossing, and combination play – reason for this is to start the session at the highest tempo possible. But we are all different and that is the beauty of coaching. Thanks again for your feedback!
      Gary

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