Football Practice Set Up: Defend Against The Counter - Opposed (1037a)
20 x 20 square for younger age groups, increasing in size with age increase no bigger than 30 x 30. 4 Reds to keep possession on outside of square with 2 Floaters either end and 2 central, with 4 Blues central trying to regain possession.
When possession regained Blues move to outside, Reds become cental defending players.
Passing - Movement To Receive - Body shape - Defensive compactness - Press Decision
COACHING POINT 1: 4 IN - 4 OUT
Reds gain possession, now become oustide players, Blues defend centrally
COACHING POINT 2: STEP INSIDE
1 player can step inside off the line, encouraging outside floater to find angles
COACHING POINT 3: ROTATION
Central Floater can rotate with outside floater to encourage fluid movement
Touchtight Coaching Tips:
Players love this possession practice, yet must be disciplined to ensure practice runs smoothly. Once possession lost, there is no immediate regain, players must get to the inside and regain team must move to outside before possession contested.
SPACE: Ensure practice area is appropriate for age group, may need to add 5 yard outisde zone for younger players
TIME: Players have 2 seconds in transition to get inside and outside, change groups every 2-3 minutes, go through groups twice
EQUIPMENT: Need to have supply of balls with transition regular. 2/3 sets of bibs (4) and flat discs to ensure minimum disruption to session
PLAYER: May want to designate Floater players as those identified as needing to improve in possession. Be creative with numbers 5 v 5 + 2 Floaters?