Breaking Lines of Pressure- Part 2

By Renato Lopez Moreira - 

This is a progression of the game from last week. It is played with three teams of six players. It can be played with fewer players on each team or using a neutral player if number divisible by three are not available.

The game area is 45 x 42 yards and the game is played in two 15 minute halves.


This exercise is played by three teams. Two teams work to possess the ball and one team defends.

The field is divided into three small ones: two areas for the attack and one central zone for the defense.  Fields 1 and 2 have six attackers that stay in their area of the field.

The defense puts two players in field 1 and one player in field 2. Three defenders stay in the central zone and they are allowed to try to intercept the ball during the play.

The attackers work to exchange passes between them trying to maintain possession. They try to complete the number of pass decided on by the coach before make a long pass to the other field.

After the long pass is made one defender in the central zone goes to field 2 helping his teammate try to recover the ball. When one player from the central zone comes into field 2 one player from field 1 goes to the central zone, maintaining the three player defensive line.


When the players in field 2 exchange the defined number of passes between them they have to return the ball to the field 1, initiating all of the the player rotation again.


The Defenders try to intercept a pass and keep possession in order to counter attack. If this happens, they have to make a long pass to the opposite field from where the ball was recovered.

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When this long pass is made the teams who are attacking must change fields quickly. The transition in this exercise must be fast in order to take advantage of the defense being disorganized.

The team who lost possession will start defending immediately with three players at the field where the ball is.



  • You can vary the number of initial passes before the long pass;
  • You can limit the number of ball touches per player, accelerating or slowing the pace of game;
  • You can vary the initial number of attackers increasing or decreasing;
  • You can vary the initial number of defenders increasing or decreasing;
  • You can vary the size of game area, increasing or decreasing it;
  • You can free the movimentation of the attackers, allowing they to change through the fields

By Renato Lopez Moreira - Author of Training Sessions for the 4-3-3


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