Counter attacking

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Quick counter-attacking

The object of this session is to achieve a fast transition from defence to attack. Players tend to enjoy it because it’s performed at a high tempo, and with its fast transitions and its focus on encouraging counter-attacks, it’s very much related to the modern game. It covers all aspects of high tempo training – defenders not only have to defend overloads, but the session is also about winning possession and fast forward passing.

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Counter-attacking and transitions

This session is about counter-attacking with pace on the first phase, decision-making and game-related play thereafter.

It is match-realistic and game-related for all positions. So in attacking play we want to see shots on goal, with movement to create or score. In terms of defending play, this is about defending crosses into the box, so players have to ask if they defend space or the man.

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Deadly transitions

This session examines how we condition a player technically, tactically, physiologically and psychologically when attacking and defending transitions in a small-sided competition-based game.

It’s important to practise this because it improves our mastering of a scenario that appears regularly in matches…

I wish I’d had it when I started coaching

5-star Sir Alex Ferguson