Tactical Warm-Up

  • Organisation

    4 teams of 4 plus 2 neutral 6ers. Each team in a different colour, plus the 6ers in a 5th colour.

    2 teams start as a back 4 with the other 2 as 2 strikers and 2 wide midfielders.

  • Process

    The back 4 move the ball across the pitch (including the GK) looking to keep possession and find a forward pass to the 6.

    After command from the coach (one whistle blow), possession switches to the attacking team, with the 6er now working as a central midfielder looking to combine with the 2 strikers and 2 wide players to keep possession.

    The back 4 are compact working on communication, marking, covering and keeping balance. 

    On a second command from the coach (eg 2 whistle blows) the team in possession immediately attacks the opposite goal. The defending teams must transition to defend the oncoming attacking team.

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19, Any, Adult (from 18 years on), U6 - U13


25 min

Number of Players:

6 - 9 players, > 10 players, 1 - 5 players

Form of Training:

Team training, Training in pairs, Individual training, Group training

Skill Level:

Beginner, Advanced, Professional, Any


Similar exercises - Training set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis

Catching the ball whilst kneeling
Straight passing with Changing Positions II
Passing with Crosses and Attempts at Goal Variation I

Similar exercises - Duration:

25 Mins

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Small Game - 1 v 1 Defending / Attacking
2+2 v 2 with four goals

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