Counter Attacking (9+)

Phase 3: Finishing the Attack

Age Group 11+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 10+

This 2 Part - 60 minute Counter Attacking session combines a possession based skill practice into a Small Sided Game.



Counter Attacking | Skill Practice (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.


Counter Attacking | Small Sided Game (02-P6)


Set Up
This Small Sided Game is played in a 302 yard area, with a goal and GK at each end, and 4 v 4 in pitch area. Objective is for players to develop quick counter attacks through effective defending and then make full use of overloads and spaces created.
Could encourage immediate counter through start position, or allow to free flow and focus on coaching to press high and opposition to keep possession.
Duration | 25 minutes
Age Group | 9+
Players | 10+
Player Focus
Methods to Regain | Speed of Counter | Type of Counter | Clinical Finishing
Coaching Point 1: Oranges can only score when they have all players in attacking half. This will encourage quick counter attacking by the defending team.
Level 2 Small Sided Game 12C2


Coaching Point 2: Players to recognise what type of support can be provided. 3rd Man runs effective to exploit space left by players runs outside, 1 touch combinations.
Level 2 Small Sided Game 12C3


Coaching Point 3: Individual counter attacks are crucial, provide opportunities for players to be expressive, including rotations, jacks and quick 1-2s to break quickly.
Touchtight Coaching Tips
As a coach, we encourage and manipulate counter attacks for the group we are coaching in many ways. Here are a few:
  • Condition defenders to regain possession in 6 seconds or a goal is conceded (High Pressure conditions) 
  • If they score, they must defend their goal for a minute or their previous goal gets wiped off (encourages defending deep and quick counter)
  • Attackers to make 10-15 passes to score a goal before attacking for a second goal (increasing chances of regaining possession).