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Counter strike

Teams are at their most vulnerable when they lose the ball in the attacking third. This session will help your team to capitalise on these opportunities by making a quick fire counter strike when they win possession and the opposition’s defence is vulnerable.

What this session is about

  1. Breaking forward from defence.
  2. Supporting a forward pass.
  3. Counter attacking to score a goal.

What to think about

  • Can the players interchange positions (overlaps or crossover runs) as this is harder to defend against than when running in straight lines?
  • The ball must be passed forwards to maintain the speed of the attack.
  • When counter attacking, it is important for some players to remain behind the ball. Otherwise, if the ball is lost, your team can then be vulnerable to a counter attack itself.

Set-up

  •  Create a 50 yards by 40 yards playing area with a half way line two goals and goalkeepers.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The goalkeeper throws the ball out to the defender, who passes the ball back to one of the onrushing three attackers.

The three attackers must then attack at speed in order to beat the defender in a 3v1 situation and score.

Progress by having the attackers combine and score against two defenders.

The goalkeeper throws the ball to the defender, who passes to the attackers and then drops into the defensive half to defend a 3v1.

The goalkeeper throws the ball to the defender, who passes to the attackers and then drops into the defensive half to defend a 3v1.


Development

If the attack is too slow, penalise them by introducing another defender who makes a recovery run from the halfway line.

Limit the attack’s touches or introduce a time limit for them to take a shot.

This should ensure quick movement of the ball.

The practice is progressed by having two defenders.

The practice is progressed by having two defenders.


Game situation

Play a normal game. Apply a rule that when defending, players can only tackle in their defensive half of the pitch.

This will force two scenarios. The teams will naturally drop deep off the ball, allowing space for a quick break on regaining possession.

Also, the defenders winning the ball have the opportunity to attack quickly as they are not allowed to be tackled inside their own half of the pitch.

Teams are only allowed to make tackles in their defensive half. This gives defenders the opportunity to make quick counter attacks.

Teams are only allowed to make tackles in their defensive half. This gives defenders the opportunity to make quick counter attacks.


What to call out

  • “Break forward”
  • “Keep the ball moving”
  • “How quickly can you get a shot at goal”
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