A Functional Practice is when an area of the pitch is reproduced in a grid so the coach can work with specific players.
Therefore you will need your three midfielders and two centre forwards to play against the same opposition in an area relative to their position on the pitch. The attackers will be approximately 10 - 20 away and you will need your midfielders no more that 8 yds apart.
Midfield players try to pass into the forwards feet. The opposing team must try to win the ball back and then pass into their forwards feet.
Start with servers unable to move and progress to them moving along the line.
Key Coaching Points