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Football Preseason Drills > Fat Side Avenue to Goal

Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Hard Running, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Mark Contest.
Purpose
Collingwood are famous for 'going wide' instead of down the middle as their avenue to goal. This opens up play and allows them to utilise the space available on the 'fat' side. This competitive drill simulates switching to the fat side and attacking down the open wing.
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Players
24+
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Ages
15+
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Balls
1
cone
Cones
6
distance
Distance (max)
160m
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Opp. tops
6
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Visible opposition strip: 6
  • Setup

    Choose 4 red opposition players (1-4). Everyone else form even numbers behind stations. Player (C) and opposition (1) both start in the northern goalsquare, players (G) and (H) and defender (4) start in the southern goalsquare. Opposition players (5) and (6) stay vacant for the time being.
  • Step 1

    On the whistle (A) starts, simulating taking a defensive mark by backpedaling and looking upfield. Immediately active are teammates (A) and (B), and opposition (1). The immediate goal is to win the 3-on-1 and work the ball through the northern goalsquare by hand and foot, although there is no marking, everything is play-on.
    Full match conditions, i.e. tackling.
    If, at any stage, the defenders cause a turnover or force a scrimmage, the drill stops and players move to the end of the line
  • Step 2

    Once a player with the ball has their foot in the goalsquare, 5 other players enter the contest. Opposition (2) tries to create a turnover, while (D) provides a lead to the fat-side. (E), (F) and opposition (3) sprint to the far wing to provide options further afield.
    Remember players (D) (E) (F) and opposition (2) (3) can't leave their cone until a player has the ball in the goalsquare.
  • Step 3

    Either (A), (B) or (C) must hit (D) with a kick. These 4 players must carry the ball past opposition players (1) and (2) using the open (fat side). Again, kicks can be used but everything is play-on.
  • Step 4

    The next recipient will be either (E) or (F) who have both sprinted from the far wing. Defender (3) tries to cover both of these players.
    All players in the contest so far stay involved and provide running options
  • Step 5

    Once clear, the attacking team must kick to the best positioned leading forward out of (G) and (H) who are both covered by opposition (4).
    The best positioned player will be open and closest to goal
  • Step 6

    After a target is hit, take a shot, or runners can assist to kick the goal if the ball hits the ground.
  • Step 7

    Attacking players (A - D) now join stations (E - H), and vice versa. Upon returning to the same end again, rotate around 1 station (A to B, D to A, and E to F, H to E, etc).
  • Step 8

    After 2 ends, swap the opposition players.
  • Step 9

    For added difficulty, introduce extra defenders (5) and (6) about halfway through the exercise.
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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.
Players
group
10+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
9
Distance (max)
distance
10m
Skills
Handball Quick.
Groups of
group
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12
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
90m
Focus
Defensive, Front & Square, Run & Carry, Fun.
Skills
Handballing, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
90m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long, Crumb.
Players
group
12+
Ages
profile
9 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
90m
Focus
Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long.
Players
group
18+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
90m
Focus
Defensive, Run & Carry, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long.
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