Football/Soccer Session (U12): Transition: Defending the Counter

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Mark Purcell
Name: Mark Purcell
City: Comox
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

A practice to develop strategies to cope with defending counter attacks.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Intial Game

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Intial Game
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Intial Game (30 mins)

Attack Building

Both teams attempt to score by passing to a team mate making a run into the shaded zone.

If a player runs into the shaded zone without the ball, a 3 second rule applies (get out within 3 seconds).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity-Defending the Counter

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Activity-Defending the Counter (30 mins)

Defending the Counter

To initiate the Counter, the coach plays a ball in to one of the blues.

In this example, Red 1 presses to prevent forward play from the blues, whilst Red 2 applies pressure from the "wrong" side to try to force a mistake. Red 3 narrows off to make the defence compact whilst Red 4 makes a recovery run beyond the ball. Red 5 is defending the space behind in case the Blues play direct.

Progression - allow the teams to score by running or passing the ball into the shaded zone.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Final Game

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Final Game (30 mins)

The final part of the practice adds in the Goalkeeper and a goal. The principles of play remain the same, with the coaches initiating Counter Attacking situations if they don't occur organically in the session.

Teams switch roles after a set period.


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Movement
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Custom Movement
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Pass
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