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Time Your Lead

Focus
Hard Running, Run & Carry.
Skills
Kick Long.
Purpose
This drill is great for fitness and concentrating on disposal when tired. It also requires a well-timed lead.
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Players
14+
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Ages
15+
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Balls
2+
cone
Cones
2
distance
Distance (max)
160m
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Opp. tops
2
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Visible opposition strip: 2
  • Setup

    If numbers are 24+, split into 2 groups of 12+ up each wing. Groups are 140m apart. Choose 2 x defenders to work the middle of each line. Place cones (1) and (2) 15m from the centre circle.
  • Step 1

    (A) starts running hard, bouncing as required, at the same time (B) prepares to lead. Meanwhile the defender from cone (1) rushes at (A) to pressure them.
    Defenders cannot go beyond cones (1 & 2).
    Defenders (2) is not involved and clears out a few metres from (A)'s path
  • Step 2

    When (A) reaches a position where: (1) they can reach their teammate and (2) avoid the oncoming defender, they kick long to (B)
    (B) musn't lead too early
    (B) should mark running at full pace
    After the kick, the defender must back to cone (1) before they can rush at the next (A)
  • Step 3

    Once (B) marks, they play on immediately and repeat back the other way after the mark, running the full distance, then kicking over their approaching defender to next (A)
    Defender (2) cannot leave the cone until their opposition player has the ball
    Afterwards, the defender must run back and touch cone (2) before they can rush at the next (B)
  • Step 4

    Defenders will become exhausted, If the defender is struggling and extra space is available, use it!
    Change defenders after 1-2 minutes.
  • Step 5

    Progression: If you have between 14 and 19 players (one busy line), introduce a second ball.
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Groups of
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8
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
1
Distance (max)
distance
15m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Run & Carry.
Skills
Shepherd, Crumb.
demo
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long, Shepherd.
demo
play
video
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
6+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
play
video
Players
group
15+
Ages
profile
8 +
Balls
ball
5+
Cones
cone
14
Distance (max)
distance
40m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Decision Making.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing.
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
30m
Focus
Hard Running, Fun.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
play
video
Groups of
group
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12
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
65m
Focus
Hard Running, Fun.
Skills
Handball Long, Crumb.
drill
Players
group
+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
5
Distance (max)
distance
30m
Focus
Hard Running, Fun.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
play
video
Players
group
12+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
4+
Cones
cone
12
Distance (max)
distance
30m
Focus
Hard Running, Fun.
Skills
Handball Long, Crumb.
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