Help your midfielders and forwards learn to beat the offside trap and stay onside. By MIKE VINCENT MORE
Hitting on the break – Practice 2
WHY USE IT
This progressive, three-part session develops speed of play and the awareness and ability to hit teams on the counter-attack.
Set up using a full-size pitch with two goals. If numbers are limited, you can play from penalty box to penalty box instead. Divide outfield players into two teams. One team (Blues, in this instance) need a goalkeeper.
HOW TO PLAY
Reds are the focus team working on counter-attacking and set up as 2-5-2. Blues set up as 4-3-1. Play restarts with the Blues’ goalkeeper. Key things to look at are:
Option 1: Win ball and attack space left by full-back
Option 2: Win ball and attack space behind the centre-back
Option 3: Win ball and switch play to attack quickly on open side
Option 4: Win ball centrally and play of the front two.
- Pass forward
- Run forward
- Strikers’ runs
- Direct play with quality
- Midfield support
1. Play starts with the Blues’ goalkeeper playing out from the back
2. Reds look to win possession and play into the space left by the full-back
3. Alternatively Reds could win possession and switch the play to attack the Blues’ weak side