Youth players will often make a pass into the final third but do not support the pass by running into the penalty area. This session encourages movement to get into dangerous attacking positions. Set up Set up a 60×40-yard area divided into three equal zones, with the central zone divided in half. We’ve used 14... MORE
Shut down and break
Your defenders should not think their job is over once they’ve won the ball. If the opposition has attacked in numbers, it could be the ideal time to launch a counter attack. Use this session to encourage your defenders to identify and create attacking opportunities.
What this session is about
Moving the ball quickly up the pitch from defence.
What to think about
- Speed – keep passes and touches to a minimum and be ready to spring into action.
- Move directly towards the goal/target.
- Sometimes, the fast break is not possible. It is important in these circumstances for defenders to keep possession and wait for the chance to play a forward pass.
Play 2v2 in a 20 yards by 10 yards area, split in two halves.
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What you get your players to do
Each team lines up on its goal line. Play a 2v2 with the defending team restricted to its half. To score a point, an attacker must dribble the ball across the defenders’ goal line. If the defenders win the ball, they can launch an immediate counter attack. The attackers then have to get back to defend as quickly as possible. Once either team scores a point, or the ball goes out of play, possession is handed back to the original attacking team. Play for, say 2 minutes, then swap team roles.
This time, if the defenders win the ball, only one can enter the opposition’s half. The defender in possession can either dribble towards the goal line or pass to their partner, who breaks quickly into the other half. If the counter attack isn’t possible, the only way a player can release their team mate into the opponent’s half is by crossing back into their own half with the ball (see the bottom picture).
Play 4v4, plus two goalkeepers, on a 30 yards by 20 yards playing area. The team not in possession must have three players in its own half and looks to counter attack when the ball is won.
What to call out
- “Get your head up.”
- “Get on the move.”
- “The attack starts the moment you win the ball.”