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Play Through the Central Target (01-P3)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

This football practice focuses on developing the player's ability to combine and rotate in central areas, penetrating defensive pressing lines.



We play with a 5 v 5 in a 30 x 30 Yard area with a 10 x 10 Yard area with a single floater to connect play. The objective is for the possession team to use the central floater to keep possession in their attack.


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Key Coaching Points

· Tactical - Recognise when to combine with the central player to score a point

· Social - Work collectively to build attacks and create space for the central pass.


Progression | 1

· Remove the floater and have a player from the possession team play in the central area.


Key Coaching Point

· Technical - Weight, and accuracy of the pass and central player to play on one or two touches to combine.


Progression | 2

· Rotation in a central area for the possession team, either after a pass or during the possession phase.


Key Coaching Questions

· How does the opposition defend against this and what problems does this cause?

· How can central players combine in one touch effectively, what support can you provide in your teams for this player?



Alternative options - Central Floating Players

Here are a few example soccer practices where players have to pass through a central floating player:

  1. Passing triangle: Set up a triangle with three players, with one player at each corner and the central floating player in the middle. Players pass the ball around the triangle, with the central player moving to receive each pass.

  2. Diamond passing: Set up a diamond with four players, with the central floating player in the middle and the other players at each corner. Players pass the ball around the diamond, with the central player moving to receive each pass.

  3. Central passing: Set up a large grid or playing area with several players, with the central floating player positioned in the middle. Players pass the ball around the grid, with the central player moving to receive each pass.

  4. Rondo: Set up a rondo with several players, with the central floating player in the middle. Players pass the ball around the rondo, with the central player moving to receive each pass. The objective is to keep possession and prevent the central player from intercepting the ball.

These practices can help players develop their passing skills, decision-making, and movement, as well as their ability to read the game and anticipate their teammates' movements. They also encourage players to work on their teamwork and communication.

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