This session focuses on the techniques of attacking and defending in and around the penalty area, giving players the opportunity to rehearse not only counter-attacking situations, but to attack and defend crosses from deep and from the by-line. It is a high intensity session that involves plenty of running and lots of accelerations and decelerations. MORE
This session is based on the transition from regaining possession to attacking whilst the opposition are outnumbered. In other words, it’s all about the quick counter-attack.
This game is focused mainly on the attacking process so it encourages use of all of the main strengths of the attackers, including their pace and skill. It’s really all about scoring a goal as quickly as possible, and with a time-limited opportunity to score, this practice forces the attackers to move at high speed.
Usually we would run this session as and when it’s required, depending on the potential strengths and weaknesses of our upcoming opposition.
|Balls, bibs, cones, 2 full-size goals|
|Number of Players|
|20 players including 2 goalkeepers|
What do I get the players to do?
Set up an area of 50×30 yards with a 10-yard ‘safe zone’ across the centre. Place a goal at each end and split your players into two teams of 10 including keepers, as shown [1a]. Each team has three defenders in one half of the pitch, two attackers in the other, and four midfielders on the side of the pitch by the safe zone.
When the ball goes dead, play goes the other way and the safe zone players switch over, as shown [1b].
What are the key things to look out for?
Communication between the players in the safe zone with the two forwards is key to using the overload successfully. Quick forward movement from your players is essential, as is accurate shooting before time runs out and the attack ends. Ensure your midfielders make good supporting runs to create the overload needed to stretch the defence.
What are the typical mistakes that players might make, and how do you avoid them?
With six seconds to score the aim is to get the ball forward as quickly as possible. The attack will fail if players slow the game down with over-complicated play or because they don’t pass the ball forwards – one-touch passing is vital to drag the defenders apart. Your players need to understand that fast passing and support play is key to the success of each attack, so if they try to be too inventive or if they attack in straight lines, the defenders will be able slow the attack and gain the upper hand. Straight lines are easier to defend against so players should be using diagonal passing to penetrate the defence.