INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Recover when the ball is lost in transition (U11 game)

DEFENDING 1

Recover when the ball is lost in transition

COUNTER THE COUNTER ATTACK

“Try to get back behind the ball” • “Don’t stop running” • “Know where the ball is” • “Block shots if you can”

Use half your normal pitch coned off along the edge of the penalty area. Use normal goals, with one on the halfway line and with a keeper in each goal.

Play a 3v3 (plus keepers). The defending team starts with a player next to the opposition’s goal. He is the recovering player, leaving 3v2 on the pitch.

The attacking team (with three players on the pitch) starts the game with a pass out from the keeper. This is the signal for the recovering player to move.

The two defenders must back off from the attackers, covering the central areas of the attacking zone in front of goal. With the defenders backing off, it makes it difficult for the attackers to penetrate through the central area and forces them wide.

The recovering defender must decide whether to cover space behind the defenders or, as here, to track runners moving to receive a pass.

How many players do I need?

We used eight players for this game.

Game play

Quick reactions.
Good positioning.
Look for match-like pressing.

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