Counter Pressing: 3 Colors Game

  • Organisation

    • 2 mini-goals

    • 8 cones

    Split the field into three zones with the middle zone being the biggest. The two outer zones have the same size.

    Divide players into three teams consisting of three players each.

  • Process

    The team defending starts the drill by passing the ball to the attacking team.

    The two teams combined to one bigger team (e.g. yellow and blue play together) try to keep possession and play a certain number of passes within the two teams.

    After completing the specific number of passes, they can go on and score on the mini-goals.

    A goal = 1 point for each of the two teams in possession.

    The ball can only be passed in the middle zone. Finishing on the mini-goal is also limited to the middle zone.

    If the defending team wins the ball, the team that just lost the ball immediately counterpresses.

    After having won possession of the ball, the defending team can also shoot on the mini-goals. If they score, they receive 2 points.

    If the ball goes out of play, the coach plays another ball into the field and a new team will defend.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Two defending players press the player in possession of the ball, the third defender blocks passing lanes

    • Teams/ players in possession shouldn't take many touches but always create passing angles to receive and pass the ball fast

Training Set

Main point, Progression


25 min


U13, U12, U23+


Combinations, One touch passes, Short passing, Wall passes


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


Quick processing, Quick understanding of danger, Quickness of reaction

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

9 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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