Football/Soccer Session (U9): Cycle 6 - Session 10 - Defending the Counter

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Michael Fox, Adult Member

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Michael Fox
Name: Michael Fox
City: Peterborough
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 17 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Possession to Penetrate

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Possession to Penetrate (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): Defending the Counter

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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.

- Closest player to the ball presses ( Makes contact )

- Team mates become compact

- Defending principles as a Individiual & Unit.


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

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Game Scenario (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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