Attacking through the Center

  • Organisation

    • 2 mini-goals (1 goalkeeper)

    • mark attacking zone in front of the penalty area

  • Process

    Player next to the mini-goals (Offensive midfielder) starts dribbling with the ball and passes it to his teammate (striker), who has his back turning towards the goal.

    Before receiving the ball, the striker creates himself space by quickly showing in the space.

    He will then go into a 1v1 attacking sequence against a defender.

    If the defender wins the ball, he can counter by scoring into one of the two mini-goals.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • watch for striker's positioning (perform quick movement/ body feint to get open)

    • Striker should be positioned, so that he can take his first touch past the defender and finish with the second or third touch

Training Set

Main point


15 min


U14 - U19


Inside of the foot, Inside of the laces passing, Laces, Outside of the foot, Ball control, Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping


Man-marking towards the ball, One on one, One On One, Quick transitioning (defense to offense)

Training Organization

Number of Players

1 - 5 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


1 goalie


Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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