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Organisation / Set Up

This directional practice is the second of Theme 8: Direct Counter From Deep.

With a focus on our midfield player receiving on the back foot to break defensive lines, we develop the timing of forward runs from 3 attackers against 2 central defenders to finish.

Our midfielders first touch will dictate the type of pass played, encouraging the use of both feet.

Progress by repositioning mannequins, changing passing angles as a result.


Key Coaching Points

  • Technical | First touch to set for well weighed pass
  • Tactical | See movement in front influencing passing decision
  • Psych | Recognise success and learn strengths of teammates and opposition


Progressions & Constraints

Vary player’s touch to influence pass decision

Move mannequins/cones so different passes and runs encouraged.


Key Coaching Questions

  • How can I best achieve success with my forward pass?
  • What runs do I need to make?
  • What are my teammates capable of (pass/runs/combinations)?
  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 25% 25%

Age Group

Number of Players


Key Coaching Points

This develops endurance, whilst also allowing players to improve RWTB and experiment dribbling skills.

Coach must be focused on the capacity of players and alter time that players are working.


How could you improve your Running with the ball individually?

Is this a strength or weakness and how are you going to measure improvements during the season?


Difficulty Rating


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