Playing well in training but not in matches?

This session is all about cover and support play. Every player has to attack and defend which helps you to develop match play in training.

Why use it

Big overload for team with no goalkeeper coaches players in the need to shoot early when outnumbered and for the overload team to cover at the back.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and goals. Use an area 40 x 30 yards with a goal at each end. We used 13 players in the session.

Don't let them score session

How to play

Split your players into three teams of four players plus a goalkeeper. One of the teams plays with the goalkeeper and the other two teams link up and defend the open goal creating 8v4 plus the goalkeeper. The team of 8 must make 4 passes before they can shoot at goal. The outnumbered team can shoot whenever they can from anywhere on the pitch.


The team of 8 are playing a possession game with good passing and movement and good first touch. They must cover the open goal at all times. The other team must use good judgement and accurate shooting to catch their opponents out.

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