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3 v 2 Counter Attack | Small Overloads (05-P3)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

This Soccer Drill begins with the coach playing the ball into an attacking player who attacks a single defender and goal, with the support of a teammate (2 v 1 outfield). If the attacking team scores, an extra player joins in creating a 3 v 1.

If defenders don’t concede they get an extra defender (2 v 2). There cannot be an overload of more than 2 players throughout the soccer practice; rotate player roles.

Key Coaching Points

  • Tactical - Timing of forward runs to support

  • Technical - Decision of passer to pass or dribble

  • Psychological - Recognition of space with overload v balanced numbers

See all of Coaching Theme 5:

Key Coaching Questions

  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?

  • How can I bring my teammates into play better?

  • Who are defenders staying with when overloaded? What does this mean?

Progressions & Constraints

  • Play with a striker against the defender, different support required.

See all of the progressions with the complete video, together with the supporting session plan by clicking below.

How to offer support passing options

Here are a few ways to support your teammate when they are under pressure with the ball in soccer (also known as football):

  1. Offer passing options: One of the most effective ways to support a teammate under pressure is to offer passing options. This can involve positioning yourself in a good position to receive the ball, such as in an open space or in a pocket of space between defenders.

  2. Make runs to create space: By making runs into open space, you can create space for your teammate and give them an option to pass to. This can involve making a run in behind the defence, or making a diagonal run to stretch the defence.

  3. Use good body position and communication: When offering yourself as a passing option, it's important to use good body position and communicate with your teammate to make it as easy as possible for them to find you. This can involve facing the ball and waving your arms to signal that you are open, or calling for the ball to let your teammate know you are available.

  4. Be patient and wait for the right moment: When supporting a teammate under pressure, it's important to be patient and wait for the right moment to make a move or receive the ball. This can involve watching the ball and the movements of the opponents to anticipate when the best opportunity will arise.

  5. Practice supporting under pressure in training: It's important to practice supporting under pressure in training, so that players can develop the skills and understanding necessary to support effectively in game situations. This can involve working on specific techniques, as well as practicing communication and coordination with teammates.

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