Free Soccer Drills

Opposed Skill


Winning Possession In MF 3rd | Opposed (11-P1)

Organisation / Set Up
This opposed practice is focused on midfield players regaining possession and developing and finishing attacks In the attacking transition phase. In a 40 x 25 Yard area, we had 3 zones as shown. Reds play in a 231 against Gold in a 122.

11 P1 1

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Recognise pressing triggers as a unit and counter effectively
  • Technical | Defending technique and ability to penetrate with forward passes
  • Social | Defensive pressure as a defending unit - press and cover



11 P1 2

Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Allow Gold striker to drop in to create 3 v 3 to progress play.

11 P1 3

Progressions & Constraints | 2
  • Gold players able to bounce back to defender to rebuild play if they are under pressure, forcing Red defenders to be more calculated in their pressure.
Key Coaching Questions
  • How can you break into the final third quickly to create 1 v 1 and 2 v 1 situations on the counter?
  • How can you regain pressure quickly in the central zone without leaving your midfield area exposed for penetrative passes?