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How to Start Quick Counter-Attacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with quick counter attacks via distribution.

Too often a keeper makes a save and then waits for both teams to clear out and then kicks the ball downfield. While there are definitely times when this is the right choice (when your team has been under intense pressure and needs time to catch their breath and change the area of the field the game is being played in) other times it’s best to play quickly to take advantage of certain situations.

In the situation below the black team is attacking and the keeper has just made a save. If the keeper looks up and sees this situation where he has a forward one on one with the last defender, he should look to play an early ball long to take advantage of this situation.


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Transition For Quick Counter-Attacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on transition for quick counter attacks.

Start with 5 attackers (2 forwards and 3 midfielders) attacking a goal with a keeper, 4 backs and 2 midfielders.


Next we add 2 outside midfielders for the defending team BUT they do not get involved with

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Corner Kicks, Free Kicks & Counter-Attacks

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on corner kicks, free kicks and counter attacks.  This is an interesting way to work on dead ball situations while incorporating other aspects of the game of soccer. There are other variations such as these in the book Brazilian Soccer Coaching: Learn How to Train Technically Superior and Tactically Intelligent Players Training the Brazilian Way

This is a regular 11 v 11 scrimmage (or less numbers depending upon how many you have available).  One team starts on offense and takes 10 corner kicks from one side.  Players line up as they would in a regular game.

The attacking team (in this case the black team) makes it’s normal runs trying to score while

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