Practice the wings game with your football team

Forcing players to pitch the ball and change the angle of attack can help pull the defense out of shape, which can create space for well-organized attackers to use.

However, players may have difficulty placing the game first – each match starts in the middle, and heading for the flanks is against the natural idea of attacking the goal directly in front of the player.

The idea of this session is not only to encourage players on the right or left, but to ensure that they have time and space when they are there.

For this reason, we start the session without focusing on the wings, so when this element is introduced, players really appreciate the value of widening.

As the session progresses, you can apply new restrictions to gradually increase the pressure on the wings.

How to configure it:

For this session you need balls, bibs, cones, goals and two goalkeepers.

Set up an area of 30 x 15 yards with a goal at each end.

You need one team of four players and one team of three.

You will also need a floating player who only plays for the attacking team.

In the second part of the exercise, create a 5-yard channel on both sides of the area marked with cones.

First steps:

Start the game (without channels) by passing to a team of four. They play 5 on 3, given that they use a floating player.

Despite the game against overloading, the defending team should be able to organize properly against the target of the attack, since it will be located in a fairly limited space.

Then introduce the channels.

One player from the attacking team can enter the channel and can make any number of touches in this area before returning inside or passing.

You can’t let any defenders in the sewers, and this should be more difficult for them in a wider defense area.

Session development:

After a few minutes, add a restriction that the wingers can only keep the ball in the channel for five.

Then limit your wing play by allowing wide players only two touches.

And challenge their role, allowing one defender to enter the channel to increase pressure.

Why it works:

Practicing wing practice in a fast, positive and purposeful game, allowing players to take control of situations. At the beginning, he encourages them to use time and space in the channels to achieve a positive effect.

The exercise allows 4 on 3, 4 on 4 and 5 on 3 situations, creating a series of additional one-on-one combinations or overloads that players will encounter in matches. The Wingers will quickly gain confidence, and the defenders must be well organized to counteract the attack of five people.