This game enables defenders to work on their communication and decision-making, helping them understand when they should press and when they should recover. MORE
Fast moving attack and defence soccer game
This is a fast-moving attack and defence game that keeps players switching between overload and underload situations.
How to set it up:
- This small-sided game is played using 12 outfield players and two keepers.
- Create a playing area measuring 40×30 yards with a goal at each end.
- Within that, mark a halfway line. In the top half, create a central 14-yard box in front of the goal, with an eight-yard box on either side.
- You stand in the right-hand box.
- To the side of the top goal are defenders ready to enter play. Either side of the bottom goal is a black attacker.
- In the top half, the activity starts off as a 2v1 attacking overload. In the bottom half it’s 2v2.
- A ball is served to one of the two players in black in the top box. They combine to attack the top goal 2v1.
- No matter what the outcome, the white player then receives a ball from you and attacks the bottom goal, joining his team mates to form a 3v2.
- After the attack, you coach pass a new ball to the two black defenders to launch an attack on the top goal.
- The original black attackers join the back of the queue and the two new blacks move into the lower box.
- A new white defender comes in and a new 2v1 scenario in the top box develops.
- The process continues with players swapping places with team mates as play switches from the top to the bottom, meaning that both teams attack and defend in turn.
- Run this for 10 minutes then switch teams. Who can score most times?
This session originally appeared in Soccer Coach Weekly.
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