Attacking With Numbers and Team Shape

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on team shape, attacking with numbers and much more.

Start with half a field with a keeper in the goal.  Have a line 30 yards out across the field and also extend the sides of the 18 all the way to the midfield line.  There is one attacking and one defending player in each of the wide zones and three attacking and 2 defending players in the center of the field.

The three attackers start with a ball and they have a 3 v 2 in the center zone.  If they play the ball out wide one of the attacking players can join in to create a 2 v 1 out wide.

Once the ball crosses the “30 yard line” the restrictions are lifted and any player can go into any area of the field.

The reason for the wide sections is to encourage the use of width in the attack.  It’s much easier to create a numbers up situation out wide than it is in the middle so this is done to encourage the width.

The reason for the 30 yard area is many activities allow the defense to sit back too much and it creates a bit of an artificial situation as compared to a real game.

There are many variations you can add to this game but this is a good framework to start with,

Have a great day!


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