Counter Attacking | Coaching Theme 2

Counter Attacking | Coaching Theme 2

Free Soccer Drills / Coaching Themes

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

 

Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

Free Soccer Drills / Coaching Themes

Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

Attacking Centrally Theme Summary

Theme 1 Attacking Centrally is a soccer coaching theme focused on Phase 3 Finishing the Attack and is developed with principles from a 343 or 3412 system of play. The 14 practices created take place in the middle and attacking thirds and most commonly in the central 3 zones as shown. Penetration and Movement to finish are the main soccer coaching principles covered, with our primary players being attacking midfielders, advanced full backs and of course strikers.

  • Attacking Emphasis 85% 85%
  • Defending Emphasis 15% 15%

Coaching Session 1

Session Organisation

This Soccer Practice is played in a 20 and 30 yard area depending on age group coached. We play a 3 v 3 plus targets changing to a 4 v 4 with a goal and Goalkeeper at each end. Players must combine with a central target player to score with quick combination. The playing area has two central 5 yard zones where target players must play 1 or 2 touch combinations with the attacking team.

Key Soccer Coaching Points

Try to allow free play and recognise opportunities for possession team to combine quickly with forward passes. If opposition start to protect target players, may need to enforce passing conditions (e.g. 10 passes a goal) to force pressure. Be creative and think about other progressions that could be implemented using STEP model, or ask players to create their own.

Progressions & Constraints | 1

Progress the soccer practice by allowing rotation between central target players, with a single player in each box for each team.

Progressions & Constraints | 2

Central players can drive out of the central square to initiate attacks quicker.

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%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

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?

%

Difficulty Rating

RELATED ARTICLES

Join 3000+ Decisive Soccer Coaches!

error: Content is protected !!