Quick Counter Attacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

This activity uses half a field, three attacking players, five defending players and one target player at midfield for the defending team. There is also a keeper in goal.


The attacking team starts with the ball and tries to score. The defending team tries to prevent the score and to win the ball. Since the defending team has two additional players than the attacking team they should be able to pressure the ball and force turnovers.



Upon forcing the turnover, the team that was previously the defending team tries to play the ball to their target player as quickly as possible.


The idea is to find the target player with as few touches as possible.

Once the players get accustomed to the quick counter attack we can add some opposition to the target player.


Now when the defending team wins the ball they try to find the target player OR they find a teammate making a run.


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You can add more players to each team but keep the numbers uneven, in favor of the defending team, to keep the emphasis on winning the ball and finding the quick counter attack.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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