Tips for playing as a centre forward!

Playing up front is the hardest position to play on the pitch!

Back in the day when most teams played a 4-4-2 formation, it was much easier to work with a partner up front. However, these days most teams are playing with a single striker in the middle with attacking wingers either side. This means that you aren't as closely linked with players around you and it can become quite isolated at times. If your team isn't playing with much possession then your opportunities will also be very limited.

So when this situation arises, what should you do? The first thing to do is focus on pressing the two centre backs in defence. Put them under pressure and don't allow them any time on the ball. What this will do for you is firstly, make their lives more difficult but also show that you're a hard working player who isn't involved in the game. No one will be able to say that you're not trying if you're constantly putting your opposing players under pressure.

When your team does have possession, depending on the way your team plays football, you need to do everything you can to build support around you. When you're lonely up front you aren't going to be able to beat 3 - 4 players by yourself. So if it involves a run in behind the defenders from a long ball or simply just receiving the ball in to feet, you must keep it and give your team time to move forward to join you in attack.

This means that you have to be strong and use your body to hold your opposing defenders off the ball. You may have to dribble the ball into space and delay your attack to give your teammates time to catch up. As a centre forward, your key to success is the players around you providing you with opportunities and if you try to do it all yourself, you're not going to be successful.

So focus on this one little tip in possession, give your team time to come and provide support and you will find your link up play and chances in front of goal greatly increase.

Thanks for reading,

Chris Toovey