Counter Attacking and The Four Moments of Soccer

Counter Attacking and The Four Moments of Soccer

Modern day coaches should have a working knowledge of the two transition Moments in soccer, Moments 2 and 4. They call these Moments “Fast break” in basketball or “Counter attack” in soccer.

The objective of the exercise is to get the players to look forward, immediately upon winning the ball – most important in counter attacking.

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Strategy of Counter Attacking

Strategy of Counter Attacking

One of the considerations in developing a counter attack strategy is what to do with the forwards once the ball goes past them. This is important and needs careful reflection. I saw the Danish team in Euro 1988 playing with one forward high and the other in a low “mirror” position when the Danes were defending. They, therefore, had a short pass available when the intercepting player was under pressure and a long pass to a high CF when pressure was broken. As you will see in the diagram the forwards for the red team have shifted to “mirror” the position of the ball in case it is won. This is the kind of strategic thinking coaches must consider when putting together a counter attacking strategy.

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1v1 Finishing Game

1v1 Finishing Game

This drill will teach strikers poise in front of goal to finish chances and encourage each player to work hard for the minute. This is a demanding physical game but is fun and has a lot of real match carry overs.

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Fast Break Attack

Fast Break Attack

Both teams have target players on the end-line of the goal they are attacking. Every time a goal is scored or the ball goes out across an end-line, the goalie behind that end-line puts a new ball back in play for his teammates (pictured right). You don’t have to play into the target to score. The target players cannot enter the field of play, but should move along the line between the disc and goal to create good passing lanes for their teammates.

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3v3 Counter Attack

3v3 Counter Attack

Three teams - Continuous 3v3 game.

The team in the middle zone must start the game by attacking one the opponents’ goals.

If successful in scoring the team turn, receive a new ball from the coach and attack the opposite goal

However if the defenders win the ball or manage to stop the attacking team scoring then they must break out and receive the ball from the coach to launch the next attack.

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3v3 Counter Attack + Neutrals

3v3 Counter Attack + Neutrals

One neutral goes into the center zone and plays as a midfielder for both teams (depending on ability level limit to two touches).

The other neutral players go into the end zones and work as forwards for the attacking team.

The rotation of the teams remains the same as in the previous game but this time they have a 5v3 when attacking as they can use their extra attacker or pass backwards to their supporting midfielder in the “free zone”.

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