Direct Counter From Deep | Directional / Opposed (08-S1)

Phase 2: Possession Questions

Age Group 11+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 15+

This 60 minute session of Theme 08 which is suitable for age 11 and above, focuses on initiating counter attacks from deep areas across the pitch in a directional and opposed practice.


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Direct Counter From Deep | Directional Practice (08-P2)

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.

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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

Football Practice 08 P2b


Progressions & Constraints 1
Vary player’s touch to influence pass decision


Football Practice 08 P2c

Progressions & Constraints 2
Move mannequins/cones so different passes and runs encouraged.
Key Questions
  • How can I best achieve success with my forward pass?
  • What runs do I need to make?
  • What are my teammate capable of (pass/runs/combinations)?





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Opposed Skill


Direct Counter Attack | Opposed Skill (08-P3)

Organisation / Set Up
This counter attacking practice begins with a 4 v 3 in a 20 x 40 yard central area, with an attacking midfield box 4 against a midfield 3 playing point up. After making 5 passes attacking midfielders can finish against the Goalkeeper, if Reds gain possession they can initiate the counter attack. With an awaiting front 3 against 3 defenders, a forward pass can be played and one support player can join in the counter, creating a 4 v 3 overload.


Key Coaching Points
  • (Tact) Recognition of space created by attackers to penetrate
  • (Tech) Execution of final pass and finish
  • (Phys) Speed of attacking runs on the counter

Football Practice 08 P3c


Progressions & Constraints 1
An additional Blue defender can support midfield players from deep encouraging a 3 v 2 counter attack when reds win possession..


Key Questions
  • How quickly can we support forward players?
  • When is it best to drive individually or pass quickly into forwards?
  • Where are spaces appearing on the counter attacking and how can you penetrate?