Set Up/Organisation

Practice 3 of our possession based themed ‘Creating Space’ is based on attacking in a 4231 against a traditional 442. In what is essentially a 6 v 2 Rondo. Our 6 players look to keep possession around a defending pair (9 and 10) in a 15 by 15 yard area, creating space to penetrate, if defenders win the ball they must run the ball over any line within 3 seconds. Players must look to draw defenders one side to create space in wide areas or play a split pass by encouraging a single player press.


  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 25% 25%

Age Group

Number of Players


Set up – Penetrating and Playing Around

Key Points: Establish these early

Progressions & Constraints | 1 – Player Drop In

Progressions & Constraints | 2 – Midfield Rotation

Progressions & Constraints | 3 – Channel Zones

Progressions & Constraints | 4 – Channel Rotations

Game Influence | CB Penetrate 2 Strikers

Game Influence 2 | FB Creating Angles

Game Influence 3 | CM Drop to Link

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Forcing direction to create a 2 v 2 and eliminate extra attacking player
  • Technical | Defensive ability in 1 v 1s, jockeying on toes able to adjust and turn
  • Social | Support teammates who become the primary pressing player (positioning)
  • Player Challenges | Defenders
  • Defenders spotting gaps to penetrate
  • Player Challenges | Fullbacks
  • Fullbacks creating quick angles to build play in front and behind the ballPace and angles of recovery runs made
  • Player Challenges | Midfielders
  • Midfielders recognising when and how to drop in to connect.
  • How can create space behind pressing defenders?
  • When do you speed up your short passes?
  • How can you link in behind defenders to keep possession moving?
  • When do you need to play on the back foot and why?


Difficulty Rating


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