Counter Attacking | Coaching Theme 2

Counter Attacking | Coaching Theme 2

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Counter Attacking | Coaching Theme 2

Counter Attacking | Coaching Theme 2

Counter Attacking Introduction

This Phase 3 Finish the attack football coaching theme is Theme 2 Counter Attacking. We combine opposed, non opposed and game based practices to develop individual players and units ability to finish counter attacking situations.

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

Coaching Session 1 of 14

Session Organisation

Defending teams will attempt to cover these players and so attacking team must work angles and spaces to combine in central area. Attacking team must combine with at least 1 target player during attack. With this 4 v 4 + GKs, target players will come into play and be replaced by existing possession player during build. 1 Floater in central area and 2 end zone players who team can combine with to finish.

Key Soccer Coaching Points

Defending teams will attempt to cover these players and so attacking team must work angles and spaces to combine in central area.

Progressions & Constraints | 1

Movement to create and use space | Go & Show. 1-2 touch combinations.

Progressions & Constraints | 2

Rotational Movement for players in and out of zones.

Progressions & Constraints | 3

Rotation with end floaters as well as zone floaters. 2 Goals if you can finish 1 touch off end players.

Consider

1. Touches | All in central areas, Floaters either side and central areas on 2 touch

2. Zones | 1 main playing zone, 4 x 5 x 5 yard target zones

3. Pitch size | 40 x 40 yard area

 

CREATING SPACE | SKILL (15-P3)

CREATING SPACE | SKILL (15-P3)

CREATING SPACE | SKILL (15-P3)

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%

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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.
Q&A
  • 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?

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WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P2)

WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P2)

WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P2)

Set Up | Direction

In this Possession / Pressing Opposed Practice, we focus on pairs of defenders regaining possession as quickly as possible. Multi Directional Practice | This practice focuses on developing players ability to press possession players to regain possession quickly, through forcing direction and limiting gaps for opposition to play through. Work with 3 balls between 6 players, giving the 2 defenders chance to win each ball as quickly as possible. When possession won they can score in any one of 4 mini goals as shown, before pressing the group to win second ball and third. Once all balls won, rotate defending players.

 

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

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Key Coaching Point 1

Increase or decrease number of passers or defenders depending on ability of each group (e.g. 7 v 2, or 5 v 3).

Progressions & Constraints 2

Time each pair to win 6 balls, work 3 balls and then another 3 once they are won.

Key Coaching Points
  • Ensure Possession and movement between passing players challenges defensive pairings.
  • Speed of press, with a particular focus on triggers for pressing as a pair (i.e. Slow pass, bad touch, lofted pass).
  • Limiting gaps in between, trying to isolate 1 or 2 passing players.
  • Effective communication for both defending and passing players throughout (e.g. time, man on, press).
SHOOTING IN & AROUND THE BOX | TECH (21-P1)

SHOOTING IN & AROUND THE BOX | TECH (21-P1)

SHOOTING IN & AROUND THE BOX | TECH (21-P1)

Set Up

This is practice 1 in Theme 21 and is focused on developing quick combinations around the box with one touch play, pull backs and 1-2 combinations to a finish. We also include quick feet exercises which are relevant for this situation in game play, together with a progression to finish at the opposite end. This will encourage players to react quickly and not ball watch after performing any action.

  • Attacking Emphasis 90% 90%
  • Defending Emphasis 10% 10%

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