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During a small-sided game on an outdoor 3G pitch, a player passes to her teammate while under pressure from an opponent.

Receiving session: playing forward to find the target

Paul Holder, FA youth coach developer, shares a session that helps players to play forward quickly and combine with attackers.

Session overview

This session will help players:

  • combine and create in congested areas
  • scan to play forward quickly
  • play with their back to goal and bring others into play.

If you like this idea, download the session plan and give it a go. And don’t forget to share your experience on the England Football Community. We’d love to know how you got on.

Coaching session

Watch this video to see the session in action.

Coaching tips

Give each player a turn as the target player to make sure they all get something out of the practice. Encourage them to switch positions during the practice to mimic real-game movement.

To score goals, passing the ball to the target player is essential. Encourage players in the middle zone to scan and identify their teammates' positions to do this.

Encourage the goalkeeper and defender in their zone to work together and create a 2v1.

And if you feel it’s right to progress the session, use the STEP framework (Youth Sports Trust, 2002) to help keep things fun, engaging and appropriate.