Make it stick | Soccer Coach Weekly

A forward player who can hold the ball up with his back to goal can wait for support and give the team a better chance of scoring goals. This is how to “make it stick”.

What this session is about

  1.  Shielding the ball from a defender.
  2.  Receiving the ball under pressure to “make It stick”.
  3.  Forward runs off the ball.

What to think about

  • The team’s forwards must constantly be on the move and willing to receive passes.
  • When the team is in the build-up process, it is important midfielders and defenders have a target for their forward passes. This allows for a pass to go to the forward and now the team’s midfielders are facing the opponent’s goal and make forward runs to support the pass and attack.
  • However, if the forward is not able to control the ball or hold possession for the team, this can force a breakdown of the team’s attack resulting in a counter attack for the opponents.

Set-up

Warm up Session Developments Game Situation Warm Down
10 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a circle and use four servers on the outside and an attacker and defender in the middle, as shown in the top picture.

The attacker receives passes from servers and must hold off the defender by standing his ground and using strength to shield the ball from the defender – who tries to steal it.

The attacker returns the ball to a new outside player after receiving it.

Rotate players every 45 seconds. The attacker with the most completed passes is the winner.

Servers on the edge of the circle pass to a forward in the middle who holds off a defender and passes to another server.

Servers on the edge of the circle pass to a forward in the middle who holds off a defender and passes to another server.


Development

Split your squad into three teams of four and use the final third of your pitch, as in the middle picture.

One team works as servers who take positions outside the area. One team works as defenders and one as attackers who go inside the area.

To start, a server passes to one of the attackers and runs forward to make a 5v4 overload.

The attacker needs to make the ball stick by controlling it, holding off the defender and then bringing a team mate into the game by passing to him. The attackers now try to score a goal. If the defenders win possession, they score a goal by passing the ball out to one of the servers.

Servers pass to forwards who hold the ball away from defenders and combine to take a shot at goal.

Servers pass to forwards who hold the ball away from defenders and combine to take a shot at goal.


Game situation

Use a big goal at one end of an area and two mini goals at the other, as in the bottom picture.

Use two teams but one has a goalkeeper. Both have four players in one half of the field and two in the other, while you or an assistant stand between the mini goals.

One team attacks the two mini goals and must use you or your assistant by playing forward passes and then making supporting runs to receive a return pass before shooting at the mini goals.

The other team attacks the big goal and tries to pass to one of the two forwards, which allows one of the defenders to run forward and make a 3v2 overload.

This team’s forwards must make the ball stick and bring a supporting defender into the game.

If the ball goes out of play, restart with a pass in. Make sure teams swap ends so each plays with the opposite restrictions. The team which scores most goals wins.

One team attacks the mini goals while the other attacks the big goal by using the forward to hold the ball and bring in a supporting runner.

One team attacks the mini goals while the other attacks the big goal by using the forward to hold the ball and bring in a supporting runner.


What to call out

Tony Carr

About Tony Carr

Tony Carr is one of the most influential figures in English football. The former West Ham Academy director has brought through – from the youth team to the first team – players like Glen Johnson, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe.

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