This three-part practice develops players’ ability to receive the ball ready to shoot. By STEVE OAKES MORE
Hit them on the break
WHY USE IT
This game improves quick attacking and combination play. The attackers must break forward in order to utilise the extra player and create a chance to score.
Mark out an area of 50×30 yards split into two sections. You need at least six players for the session – we have used 13 players. You will need balls, bibs, cones and a goal.
HOW TO PLAY
Start by playing the ball to the defenders. They pass back into the three attackers, who run forward creating a 3v2 overload. The first three attackers take on two defenders. Once that ball has been played, the second wave of attackers takes on two new defenders from the sidelines. Each attack has a different set of attackers and defenders until six balls are used up. Then attackers swap with defenders.
Counter-attacking is a great way for defending teams to break out of their own half, releasing the pressure on the defenders and creating chances to score and kill a game off. This is particularly useful in games when you are forced to defend deep or the opposition dominate possession.
1. Pairs of defenders work from the halfway line, with the space behind them the target for the attacking team to exploit
2. Attackers work in threes and become active when the ball is returned from the defenders
3. The defenders must react to the movement and speed of the attackers – should they drop or try and press early?
4. The attackers spread out to try and pull the defenders apart and open up the space
5. Speed of play is key to the counterattack and the 3v2 should result in a chance on goal