8 vs. 6

  • Organisation

    • 1 goal (with a goalkeeper)

    • 4 mini-goals on the halfway line

    • Divide the players into two teams (Team 1: 8 players; Team 2: 6 players)

  • Process

    • The coach starts the drill by playing the ball in on the right wing (graphic)
    • Team Blue has 30 seconds to finish/ score
    • If the Blue team scores, the ball goes out of bounds, or the time is up, the coach plays in another ball and the next attack starts
    • If team Red wins the ball and scores on one of the four mini-goals, the Blue team is punished with push-ups, squats, or other strengthening exercises
  • Tip

    Team Blue:

    • Precise and powerful passes
    • Use the full width of the field
    • Search for runs (and balls) in behind
    • After losing the ball: Counterpress!

    Team Red:

    • Quick shifting towards ballside
    • Communication and coaching
    • Move up, active defending
    • Run fast counter attacks after having won the ball


    Start the drill on the left wing

  • Field size


Training Set

Main point


25 min




Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Direct play to the forwards, Counter-attacks, Man down/Man up

General Training Goals


Building an attack over the wings, Tactical drills, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

13 or more playersr

Form of Training

Group training, Team training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Whole team


1 goalie


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors, Part of a team

Spatial Behavior


Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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