Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Attacking defending transition activity

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Nicholas Piccirilli, Adult Member

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Nicholas Piccirilli
Name: Nicholas Piccirilli
City: Aliquippa
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6v4 to 8v6

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6v4 to 8v6
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6v4 to 8v6


1/2 Field

One large goal and three or four counter goals set up on the halfway line

Six defenders - set up in a back four and two central midfield players

Eight attackers - four players start inside set up in a front three and one central midfielder


The defending team start each sequence building out the back 6v4 - objective is to score in one of the small counter goals. Players must be past the markers to score.

If the attacking team wins the ball they play 8v6 to goal - players behind the counter goals come into the game if their is a change of possession. If the defending team scores building out the back the coach calls a number and one of the attacking players drives in on the dribble or passes in to start the counter attack.

Coaching Points:

Pressing from the front - how to shift and close space

Building out the back - shape, mobility, movement to get open and play forward, combinations to break pressure

Attacking Transition - runs ahead of the ball - creating numbers up situations to play behind opponent

Defensive Transition - counter pressure - react and close quickly, ability to slow down opponent and reorganize


Coach can start the exercise by passing or playing a ball inside the area when movement breaks down - creating a different trigger.

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