Attack in numbers

The objective of this game is to practise attacking and defending skills in a variety of different situations – for instance, 2v1s, 3v2s, 4v1s, and so on.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and goals. Set up an area 20×20 yards, with a goal at each end. We used 14 players in the session.

How to play it

Divide your players into three teams – one team of four attackers and two teams of four defenders plus goalkeepers
The defenders are spread around the playing area as shown.
The attacking team gets six balls, and uses one for each attack.
They then have to decide how they want to attack. 1v1 = 5 points 2v1 = two points; 3v2 = four points; 4v2 = three points
So as attackers enter the playing area, they shout ‘1v1’, ‘2v1’ etc, and the corresponding number of defenders leave their position by the goal and try to stop them scoring. • If the attackers score, they immediately turn and attack the other, if the attackers miss or the defenders succeed in getting the ball and returning it to the coach, the attack is over and the next ball is used. When the attackers have used all of their balls, the teams change over.


Quick minds, good passing and movement with a good shot at the end. Defenders must organise quickly to stop goalscoring chances.

    1. Four attackers start on the halfway line with 6 balls ready to attack the first goal on their right
    2. The other two teams stand behind the goals, one at one end and one at the other

    3. Here a 3v2 is called and the attackers move quickly to try and take the defenders by surprise
    4. The defenders must quickly close down the movement of the three attackers

    5. When the team scores at one end they immediately attack the other end calling out a new overload
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