Counter Attacking | Skill (02-P5)


Set Up
This Counter Attacking practice is set as shown, with a 302 yards area in which to work, as well as a 152 yards area at the top of the pitch for players to keep possession. There are 3 goals, 1 main goal protected by a goalkeeper and 2 mini goals for players to score into.
We have a floating player from which possession team can bounce ball in to score quickly. Objective here is for 3 to make 10 passes before breaking out via floater to score and for 2 defenders to regain possession to pass into Striker (marked by a DF) to break out and combine to score in a 2 v 1.
Duration | 25 minutes
Age Group | 11+
Players | 9+
Player Focus
Speed of Counter | Supporting Angles | Finishing | Use Of Overload


Coaching Point 1: Focus on speed of counter attack and weight of pass into striker to support and finish. Develop understanding between passer and striker - crucial.
Level 2 Skill Practice 12B2

Coaching Point 2: Develop player concentration with supporting run only made by non-passing player. How switched on are players? Do they need individual challenges?
Level 2 Skill Practice 12B3
Coaching Point 3: Move 2 players into wide areas, leaving 2 v 1 in central zone (smaller 10 x 10). On regaining possession, pass to wide player to deliver cross in 2 v 1.
Touchtight Coaching Tips
This can be a great practice to encourage various types of counter attacking, especially quick combination counter attacks in small spaces. Coaches can focus on the speed of the counter and, in particuilar, the importance of player decisions.
When regaining possession, players must break quickly and be decisive with their final pass and finishing in dangerous attacking positions.