6v6 to Cut the Supply Lines

Teach your defensive midfielders to make opposition forwards go hungry for the ball by cutting off their supply lines.

Why use it

Players protecting the defence will often find themselves in different number combinations and quite frequently they will be on their own facing quick attackers. This session coaches individual players in forcing play and blocking advancing opponents.

Set up

Set up an area of 30×15 yards split into three 10-yard zones. You will need balls, bibs, cones and two goals. We’ve used 12 players.

6v6 to cut the supply lines

How to play

Split your players into two teams of six including keepers. One team is playing 2-2-1 and the other is playing 2-1-2. Players are in zones as in the diagram and must stay in their zones.


Cutting off supply lines to the front players is a mixture of blocking, pressing and intercepting. Players in the midfield in this game face a 2v1, making it easier for one team and harder for the other to protect the back four.