Expanded Small-sided: Counter Attack Recovery

  • Organisation


    - 3v3 on a 35x25 yard field

    - Small goals at the end of the field with a agility pole 3 yards behind each goal.

    - All extra balls placed on four corners



    - When the team scores a goal, the player that scored has to run around the flag before coming back onto the field

    - A player from the team that conceded gets a ball and quickly creates a 3v2 counter attack.

    - Next two groups of three are waiting. Change every 2 goals or 2 minutes which ever comes first.


    Coaching Points:

    - If immediate pressure can be applied (bad first touch, bad pass) then stop the counter attack early with higher pressure.

    - If not, apply light pressure by delaying and forcing into wide channels or areas of low danger while waiting for players to recover back quickly and get behind the ball.

    - Player recover back does so by getting to the balancing side of the defensive line to create even numbers with correct angles and correct level of pressure.

  • Field size

    35 X 25 yards

Training Set:



U14 - U19


20 min

Number of Players:

> 10 players

Form of Training:

Team training

Skill Level:


Author: Trent Tuckett

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