Training should look like a moment in the game. Address all aspects of the player in every session.
As our team creates penetration in wide areas to allow for service into the penalty area, the center forward must use his movement to create chances on goal. In this progression of activities, we are looking to improve the movement and finishing ability of a center forward, who is finishing from different types of service into the penalty area.
Set up a number of different service points around the top of the box. Place two mannequins inside the box to act as defenders. The center forward must start at the pole and attack the services delivered into the area. After each repetition, he must get around the pole before attacking the next service.
Progress this activity by removing the mannequins and adding a live defender. The attacking player continues to round the pole between reps, while the defender need only leave the 18 yard box.
Finish this activity by adding a second defender to make the activity full pressure.
We ask our center forward to finish on the run at high speed. He must do his best to arrive on the end of each service, directing it on goal with any number of different surfaces. He should make decisive, powerful movements to get onto the ball.
We are asking our center forward to attack the ball in the box. He should use his movement to create space to receive the ball. We want to encourage the center forward to recognize the relationship of his movement, to the movement of the defenders.
This type of movement requires powerful, explosive movements, good balance, and quick reactions to deflect service on goal. The players should rotate through the activity in order to maintain a good ratio of work to rest.
Our center forward should be hungry to get on the end of service and score goals. We must encourage the desire to attack the ball in the box. We want him to feel strong and powerful and believe he can direct every chance on goal.
We are looking for our center forward to develop a relationship with our servers. They must learn to understand when, where, and how he wants the ball to be delivered. They must learn to recognize each others nonverbal, situational types of communications.