ATTACKING AND COUNTER ATTACKING
The main objective for any team in possession of the ball is to score a goal. Equally, the most likely moment to do so is immediately upon regaining possession. Counter attacking has become more and more important in recent times. This session is for players U12 and older although it could easily be used by a good U 11 team.
Dynamic warm up – 7 minutes
Possession practice with transition – 13 minutes
- Split the area into 2 parts with one team in each part
- Play the ball into one side. Once that team has made 3 passes one member of the opposing team can enter the grid and try to win the ball.
- Each team the team makes 3 passes it scores a point and another player from the opposition can enter the grid.
- Once the ball goes out of play then another ball is played to the opponents and the games starts in reverse
- If the defending team play the ball out they do not regain possession.
- To regain possession either their opponents must play the ball out or the defending team must transfer the ball to their side
- Awareness and calmness in possession
- Good shape to keep the ball with players on all side and in the center of the grid
- Defending as unit by forcing the ball to one side
- Body shape
Shooting, give and goes and 1 vs 1 – 20 minutes
Prepare the players to make quality finishes in the exercises to come
- As per the video
- Positive play in all actions, especially the 1 vs 1
- Calmness to take goal scoring chances
- Quality finish
3 vs 1 and 3 vs 2 Counter attacking – 25 minutes
- Play 3 vs 2 to goal
- The defending team has 2 passive defenders on the side.
- If the defending team win the ball then these players become active creating a 4 vs 3 to goal in favor of the defending team
- If the initial exercise is too demanding then start with a 2 vs 1 that transitions to a 3 vs 2
- 3 vs 1 to goal with 2 recovering defenders. Speed is of the essence
- Quality, fast execution of the initial overload
- Mentality for counter attacking quickly after winning the ball to take advantage of a disorganized defense.
Free play to end the session.
Recommended reading for overload games:
Michael Beale –Soccer Academy: 140 overload games and finishing practices
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