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Space Invaders

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Groups of 5


Balls, Cones


  • 3 attackers (A1, A2, and A3) line up facing a channel per player.
  • Defenders (D1, D2 ) prepare to cover channels 1, 2 or 3, depending on coach's instruction for how many channels they wish to be defended?
  • On coaches instruction attackers play into their respective channels and react to the space. Ball Carrier makes a decision to scan for effective space left by the defence or pass to a support attack player in space. (Refer to diagram)
  • Coach to change/vary the defence according to where they wish channel space to be left.
  • If all 3 defenders cover the 3 channels then evasive footwork should be used and support to react off the ball carrier


Session Plan Diagram

Coaching Points

  • Head up
  • Identify Space
  • Communicate
  • Support players react to ball carrier
  • Go forward/Pass
  • Engage Defenders to pass to support player in space

Variation / Progression

  • Change the numbers of defenders and attackers
  • Change start positions
  • 3 defenders (one chasing)
  • Closer defence (less reaction time)
  • Wider/Smaller Channels
  • Allow Defenders to switch channels

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