Counter Attacking | Opposed / SSG (02-S1)

This Counter Attacking session combines a possession based skill practice into a Small Sided Game.

1. Opposed Skill:

This Counter Attacking Practice is set as shown, with a 30 x 30 Yard area in which to work, as well as a 15 x 15 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 into to score quickly.

Objective here is for 3 Oranges to make 10 passes before breaking out via floater to score and for 2 Pinks to regain possession to pass into ST (marked by a DF) and break out to combine and score in a 2 v 1.  


Player Focus

Speed of Counter - Supporting Angles - Finishing - Use Of Overload



Level 2 Skill Practice 12B1


COACHING POINT 1: NON PASSER SUPPORT - Teammate must break into space to support ST, encouraging forward runs on regain


Level 2 Skill Practice 12B2


COACHING POINT 2: WIDE COUNTER - 2 v 1 Central area, now can counter in wide areas still creating 2 v 1 attacking 

Touchtight Soccer Practice 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 particular 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. 


2. Small Sided Game:

This Small Sided Game is played in a 30 x 30 Yard area, with a goal and Goalkeeper 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 Pinks to press high and Oranges to keep possession.

Player Focus

Methods to Regain - Speed of Counter - Type of Counter - Clinical Finishing


Level 2 Small Sided Game 12C1


Level 2 Small Sided Game 12C2


Touchtight Soccer Practice Tips

As a coach, we encourage and manipulate counter attacks for the group we are coaching in many ways. Here are a few:

1. Condition Pinks to regain possession in 6 seconds or a goal is conceded (High Pressure conditions) 

2. If Pinks score they must defend their goal for a minute or their previous goal gets wiped off (encourages defending deep and quick counter)

3. Oranges to make 10-15 passes to score a goal before attacking for a second goal (increasing chances of regaining possession).