6+2 vs. 4 with Counter-Pressing

  • Organisation

    • 4 cones (to mark the playing field)

    The players should be divided into two teams. Team A consists of 8 players, team B of 4 players.

  • Process

    Team A (yellow) has six players on the outside and two players inside the field.

    Team B (4 players) chases the ball, while team A tries to maintain possession with a maximum of two touches per player.

    If team A is in possession, the six players on the outside can't enter the inside of the field.

    If team B wins the ball, team A immediately counterpresses and tries to win the ball back.

    At that point, the six players on the outside are also allowed to enter the field.

    Players of team B should try to dribble the ball out of the field.

    However, if team A's counter-pressing is successful and they win the ball back, the game continues.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Players on the outside should focus on vertical passes to split the opponent's line of defense

    • Outside players after losing the ball: Every one of the 8 players should counterpress instantly

    • Players in the center: Directly apply pressure after losing the ball

  • Field size

    20 x 40 meters

Training Set

Main point


20 min


U13, U23+


Combinations, Wall passes


Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Man down/Man up

General Training Goals


Tactical drills, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

12 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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