Primarily, work on the speed of your team’s transition from defence to counter-attack, but also focus on their reaction to losing possession and the speed of recovery when transitioning from attack to defence. MORE
This session is designed to help players to be positive when in possession of the ball and to encourage them to attack the opposition with confidence. It will also demonstrate the benefits of creating overloads, with players shown how to pass the ball forwards using good movement and intelligent decision-making.
It will allow players to express themselves when in possession and help them to develop quick interplay in the final third. It will also encourage them to beat players to get a shot off.
It’s fast-paced and fun, so players will need to think quickly and be inventive if they want to create chances.
We like to run this session at least once a week, so that players are constantly reminded of the movements needed to receive the ball and the ways we can score goals by playing quickly and positively.
|Balls, bibs, cones, 2 full size goals|
|Number of Players|
|16 players + 2 goalkeepers|
|Main practice: 15mins
Each progression: 15mins
We set up an area of 60×40 yards with a goal and a goalkeeper at each end. The playing area is divided into three 20-yard zones. We’re using 16 outfield players split into two team of eight. Both teams line up in a 3-3-2 plus keepers, with three defenders, three midfielders and two strikers starting in their respective zones.
Play starts with the goalkeeper, who must pass to one of the three defenders in his zone, as shown . The defender receives and can either dribble into next zone or pass into it and follow the ball to support play, creating a 4v3 in that zone. The players in the middle zone should combine and then one of them can either dribble into the final zone to create a 3v3, or pass into it. The attackers should score in the goal.
Once the ball is dead or possession has been lost, players should return to their zones as quickly as possible and start to defend against the opposition, who can launch a counter-attack using the same rules
In the first progression, a centre midfield player drops into the defensive zone to receive the ball from the goalkeeper, making it 4v2 in defence, as shown . His team should attack the goal in the same manner as before.
Progress the practice further by now allowing one of the strikers to drop into the midfield zone to receive the ball, making it 4v3 in midfield as the team attack the goal, as shown .
In the final progression, two centre midfield players can make attacking runs into the final third, giving the team in possession a 4v3 advatage in front of goal, as shown .
We want to see players showing a good first touch and demonstrating positive forward-thinking play. This session should allow players to use their creativity when attacking and will manufacture plenty of overload situations.
As this practice is all about forward passes, we don’t want to see players attempting to pass backwards when they can play the ball forwards.
We could look at adding more players to the practice and making the pitch bigger. We could also remove the zones to see if players still manage to perform the required movements and maintain their positive play.