Outnumbering Attacks and Clinical Finishing

  • Organisation

    • small red field in center-circle (5m x 5m)

    • mark field in the size of 30m x 40m

    • 10 players in 2 teams (6 and 4 players per team); the team of 4 players will defend the goal, the team of 6 will position 4 attacking players in the opponents half

    • Coach will start the drill by playing in the balls

  • Process

    The coach starts the drill by passing the ball to one of the two players outside the marked field.

    They are free to dribble into the field or play a pass to their teammate in the marked field.

    After completing his pass, the passer will move up into the field as well.

    The attacking players will try to outnumber the defending team and finish on goal.

    The player outside of the field remains to be a backpass option.

    If the defending team gains possession of the ball, they will try to play a pass in to the coach.

    After losing the ball, the attacking team will immediately counterpress and try to win the ball back as quick as possible.

    After the counterpress was successful, the attacking team can create a chance to score.

    When a goal is scored or the ball is out of play, the coach will play in a new ball.

    After some time, the attacking and defending team will switch.

  • Tip


    The central midfielders should take part in the build-up and in attacking sequences to outnumber the opponent (Box-to-box player).

    Coaching Points:

    1. outnumber the defending team in the final third

    2. Midfielders should scan the pitch and the defender's movements before receiving the ball

    3. Decision-making and timing: When is the right moment to play a ball in behind?

Training Set

Main point


25 min


U19, U17, U15


Passing, Dribbling


Defensive/Offensive play, Improving the ability to read the game, Man down/Man up, Tactics


Soccer-specific endurance

General Training Goals


Tactical drills

Training Organization

Number of Players

10 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level


Participating Players

Whole team


1 goalie


Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Double penalty box

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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