Organisation / Set Up

 This opposed practice is focused on midfield players regaining possession and developing and finishing attacks In the attacking transition phase. In a 40 x 25 Yard area, we had 3 zones as shown. Reds play in a 231 against Gold in a 122.


  • Attacking Emphasis 30% 30%
  • Defending Emphasis 70% 70%

Age Group

Number of Players


Progressions & Constraints | 1

Allow Gold striker to drop in to create 3 v 3 to progress play.

Progressions & Constraints | 2

Gold players able to bounce back to defender to rebuild play if they are under pressure, forcing Red defenders to be more calculated in their pressure.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Recognise pressing triggers as a unit and counter effectively
  • Technical | Defending technique and ability to penetrate with forward passes
  • Social | Defensive pressure as a defending unit – press and cover
  • How can you break into the final third quickly to create 1 v 1 and 2 v 1 situations on the counter?
  • How can you regain pressure quickly in the central zone without leaving your midfield area exposed for penetrative passes?


Difficulty Rating


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