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%

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?

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IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

Organisation/Set Up

Defenders set up either side of the defending third. One defender plays pass into 1 of 2 attackers who attack defender quickly to get shot off against GK. One big goal for Attacking players to attack and 2 mini goals for Defender to attack if they win possession. Pass from each side and rotate attackers and defenders after 4-5 minutes.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Progression & Constraints

3 v 2 Attack v Defence Overload Practice. Focus on movement and timing of forward passes to ensure there is a clear relationship and understanding between attacking players. 

Progression 1: Success Constraint (increase challenge)

If defenders are successful for a certain time period to keep attacking players from getting a successful shot off (e.g. 4-6 seconds) then defenders can introduce an extra player, creating a 3 v 3 outfield situation. This increase in challenge will force attackers to attack quicker or adapt when faced with this balanced situation. 

Key Coaching Points
  • Technical: Running with the ball at defenders and execution of pass and finish.

  • Tactical: Recognise space to exploit with the overload.

  • Physical: Speed to break lines with and without the ball.

Q&A
  • 1 | Where does the space appear in the attacking phase?

  • 2 | How can you move defenders around to create space to attack?

  • 3 | How does the progression influence attacking options?

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