Counter Attacking | SSG (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).