Position Specific

Position specific training drills are one of the most beneficial ways to improve a player’s individual ability within a specific position. By continually placing players in scenarios specific to their position on the pitch, coaches can identify players strengths and weaknesses, and then adjust their training drills accordingly to help develop and improve them.

One of the main benefits of utilising position specific training drills within a training session is improving their positional sense. It’s crucial that players are in the best position whether attacking or defending, both on and off the ball. They can also be used to develop a player’s role in a position further, such as attacking higher, or defending deeper to help players become a better all-round player.

We have a range of position specific training drills for every position! Take a look below for drills you can utilise within your own training sessions!

Forward’s Movement				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	2.71/5							(7)

Forward’s Movement 2.71/5 (7)

This drill is aimed at developing a forward’s movement. There are three demonstrable examples to work on which can produce dynamic attacks for your team: movement with the ball, movement against the ball and offside to onside. Movement with the Ball Form a back four...

Winger Challenges

Winger Challenges

This drill focuses on winger-specific challenges that look to increase a wide player’s effectiveness through individual components including cutting inside, deliveries and running in behind. Cutting Inside   One player in the centre of the field plays the ball to...

Full-Back Challenges

Full-Back Challenges

This drill is position-specific and focuses on challenging the full-backs within your team, honing their ability to cross, block crosses and switch play to add new dimensions to your team. Crossing Set-up two coned lines forming a path towards the 18-yard box Two...

Centre-Back Challenges

Centre-Back Challenges

This drill looks to promote proactive centre-backs for optimum effectiveness through three different components: screening, breaking lines and blocking shots. Screening Set-up the area to accommodate your needs and intended outcome Players at each end combine passes...

Striker Challenges				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(1)

Striker Challenges 5/5 (1)

This drill features striker-specific challenges that look to improve and develop a striker’s individual contribution and ability. This is achieved through drills that focus on reactions, running in behind and quick counters. Reactions Litter the box with a number of...

No.10 Challenges

No.10 Challenges

This drill centres around the no. 10 role and looks to strengthen individual aspects of a player’s game in this position to create dynamic and innovative attacks through screening and subverting previous drills surrounding the offside trap and blocking shots....

Position Specific – No.10

Position Specific – No.10

Overloads   Process: The yellows always attack. The whites always defend. The game starts with the keeper releasing an aerial ball to the yellow for a 1v1. Once the 1v1 has finished another yellow plays in to create a 2v1. Once the 2v1 has finished another yellow...

Position Specific – No.4

Position Specific – No.4

Movement Process: The yellows attack up the pitch. The whites attack down the pitch. To start with each team must go through the purple player (your no.4) The no.4 must look to always be available within their channel. Progressions: Add a man marker to encourage the...

Position Specific – Wide Players

Position Specific – Wide Players

Transition Process: The yellow winger releases a pass to white player. The white player is effectively a full back. The wingers role is to work back to prevent the white player scoring. Not only can he prevent them scoring, can he regain possession and attack the goal...

Position Specific – Forwards

Position Specific – Forwards

1v1's Process: The coach plays the ball in to the area. The blue and yellow compete for the ball and try to score. They can score in either goal. That ball is dead once someone scores, the ball leaves the pitch or a player protects/shields the ball. Players are not...

Position Specific – Centre Midfield

Position Specific – Centre Midfield

Key Passes  Process: The yellows play against the whites in the square 3v2. By all means change the numbers to suit your formation. It is important that the yellows always have players in front and behind the whites. At the right time the yellows must try to break the...

Position Specific – Centre Back

Position Specific – Centre Back

Marking  Process: The two white players in front of the small goal pass the ball back and fourth to each other. Whilst the ball is moving the yellow defenders must move laterally and mark the mannequin on the correct shoulder. At any time the two whites can hit the...

Position Specific – Full Back

Position Specific – Full Back

Crossing Process: The FB starts by having 10 quick touches of the ball from the pole to the mannequin. They must move the ball outside the line of their body, like moving in a zig zag. They then play a one two around the mannequin. The delivery must go over the first...

Session Starters

Session Starters

Session 1 Structure: -Set up your area depending on numbers, ability etc.   Rules -Players go up the left hand side competing towards goal 1v1. -After your attack you then defend. -Once you defend you move round to the right hand side. -On the right hand side it...

#10 Position Specific Challenges

#10 Position Specific Challenges

Screening Structure Set up the area as above using our football cones. Rules The reds must try and move the ball end to end. They can go direct or use the whites. The yellows have to prevent this happening.   Breaking Lines Structure Set up the area as above...

#9 Position Specific Challenges

#9 Position Specific Challenges

Finishing Structure -Set up the area as above. Rules -The two servers release balls in to the middle of the  mannequins. -They must try to vary the style of delivery. -The striker then tries to score., dodging the mannequins.   In Behind Structure -Set up the...

#7 & #11 Position Specific Challenges

#7 & #11 Position Specific Challenges

Shooting Structure Set up the area as above. Rules The wide player receives the ball. They drive at and go past the mannequin. They then play a 1 2 around the next followed by a shot from outside the box.   Crossing Structure Set up the area as above. You can use...

#4 Quarterback Position Specific Challenges

#4 Quarterback Position Specific Challenges

Screening Structure Set up the area as above, using football cones. Rules The reds try to pass the ball to each other. They can do this by either passing directly to each other or use the whites. The yellows in the middle tries to prevent the red player receiving the...

#5 #6 Position Specific Challenges

#5 #6 Position Specific Challenges

Clearances  Structure -Set up the area as above. Rules -The wide players deliver balls into the box. -The red CB has to clear the ball with height and distance. -1 point past the yellow cones, 3 points past the red & 5 points pass the half way line. -Progress to...

#2 #3 Position Specific Challenges

#2 #3 Position Specific Challenges

Crossing This session will need a number of football cones. Structure -Set up the area as above. Rules -The FB plays around the  mannequin combining with the  red player. -The FB then delivers the ball in to the second 6 yard box. -The red players tries to get on to...

More Position Specific Weekly Challenges

More Position Specific Weekly Challenges

This week Louis Lancaster looks into position specific weekly challenges. These drills are designed for FW's, CM's, CB's, and FB's. These training sessions will help each player to develop in his respective role. The training equipment used in these sessions includes...

Position Specific Weekly Challenges

Position Specific Weekly Challenges

The drills below are aimed at improving passing, crossing, goalkeeping, shooting, and dribbling. Each  of the drills are also position specific. The equipment used in the individual specific training drills includes footballs, football goals, and football cones. If...

No.10 Sessions

No.10 Sessions

Crossing Into The Goal Zone Structure: -Set up the area as above. Process: -The two CB’s pass the ball back and fourth. -The number 10 makes a run in beyond, and is played in by the CB. -Once the number 10  gets to the ball the they must hit one of the mannequins....

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