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Football Kicking Drills > Switch Through the Centre Kick

Skills
Kicking.
Purpose
After a defensive mark or free, the player will often find the area in front of them (where the ball has come from) congested, and unless looking to defend, should try to switch play to the other side of the ground. This drill demonstrates how two quick lateral kicks can open up space.
group
Players
15+
profile
Ages
13+
ball
Balls
2+
cone
Cones
6
distance
Distance (max)
80m
  • Step 1

    (A) runs their distance, steadies and kicks long to a leading (B)
  • Step 2

    (B) marks and backpedals off the mark. Seeing no option upfield, (B) kicks short to (C) who remains on the cone
  • Step 3

    (C) marks, then plays on sideways towards (D), who has timed their run to receive (C)'s short, lateral kick
  • Step 4

    (D) makes the most of the space by running their distance, steadying and kicking long to a leading (E)
  • Step 5

    (E) marks and backpedals off the mark. Seeing no option upfield, kicks short to (F) who remains on the cone
  • Step 6

    (F) marks, then plays on sideways towards (A), who has timed their run to receive (F)'s short, lateral kick
More Drills
demo
play
video
Groups of
group
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icon-group
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.
Players
group
12+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
2+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Skills
Kick Long.
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
2
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Run & Carry, Goalkicking, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Shepherd, Mark Contest.
Players
group
10+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
65m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Front & Square, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking, Stoppages, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Handballing, Tackle, Kick Long, Shepherd, Ruck, Crumb.
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
6
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
2
Distance (max)
distance
30m
Skills
Crumb.
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
3+
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
30m
Focus
Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Shepherd.
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