Develop your team’s speed of play and awareness in this progressive three-part session. MORE
The session is all about players who are ahead of the ball being able to recover to get behind it when possession is lost, forming a defensive unit or to pressing opponents when they have the ball.
Use your normal pitch but put the normal goal at one end and cut off the pitch using the four small goals in front of the penalty area at the other end. We’ve used 15 players. You need balls, bibs, cones a normal goal and four target goals.
Split your players into two teams, one with seven players (3-3-1) and the other with seven plus a goalkeeper (3-2-2). One is an attacking team trying to score in the four target goals and the other is playing on the counterattack towards the normal goal.
The session starts with the goalkeeper rolling the ball out to one of the defending players and the team builds from there, trying to score in any of the four target goals. The opposition are looking to win the ball and quickly counterattack the main goal. When the move has finished, restart from the keeper.
It is hard work and players must be switched on to the transitions in possession.