High pressing

Use this session to teach players to press opponents high up the pitch – so they can win the ball nearer to the goal. By pressing quickly and working together, attackers will win the ball back nearer the opponent’s goal and have a greater chance of scoring.

Set up

Set up an area of 40×30 yards. Use normal goals, we’ve used 11 players in this session. You need bibs, balls, cones, and two goals.

How to play it

You need three teams of three players: one team defends each end and the third team in the middle attacks both goals. Play starts at one end with the goalkeeper playing out to his team. The outfield players must make three passes before passing to the team at the opposite end. If they are successful, the team in the centre must turn and try to win the ball from the other team. If the centre team wins possession they must attack the goal they are playing towards. If they score they swap with the team they have scored against.


This is good for shaping up attackers so they work together to force a mistake out of the opposition. The idea is that by making it difficult to stop the forward pass, the opposition will be forced into a mistake and the team will win the ball back quickly.

1. The game starts with a pass out from the back from the goalkeeper to one of his team-mates
2. The defending team has to try to make three outfield passes before passing to the team at the opposite end, while the middle team presses and tries to win the ball back

3.On receiving the ball, the team at the other end has to try and make three passes before returning it
4. The team in the centre must turn and press the team with the ball at the other end of the pitch

5. If the team in the centre wins the ball, they can try and score in the goal they are facing

Share this
Follow us