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How to Counter Attack in Small Numbers (02-P3)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Practice 3 of our counter-attacking theme, begins with a 2 v 2 with a floater in a 15 by 15 square in each corner of the practice.

When possession is won in this area, one of two players must play the ball into an awaiting striker with one player able to support, creating a 2v1 overload to finish; the practice must work in both directions.

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How to counter attack with smaller numbers

Counterattacking in small numbers involves quickly transitioning from defense to offense and exploiting openings to create scoring opportunities when the opportunity arises.

Here are a few strategies that can help your team counterattack effectively in small numbers:

  1. Quickly win the ball back: As soon as your team regains possession, look to quickly win the ball back and transition to offense. This can be done through pressing, tackling, or intercepting passes.

  2. Use quick, direct passes: Once your team has won the ball back, look to use quick, direct passes to move the ball up the field and catch the opposing team off guard.

  3. Make runs in behind: Encourage your players to make runs in behind the opposing team's defense to create space and scoring opportunities. This can be especially effective when your team is outnumbered.

  4. Maintain possession: While counterattacking, try to maintain possession of the ball and look for opportunities to create scoring chances. This can help you control the tempo of the game and prevent the opposing team from counterattacking.

  5. Keep a good shape: Maintain a good shape as a team, with your players positioned appropriately to defend against counterattacks and provide support in attack.

By implementing these strategies, your team can effectively counterattack in small numbers and create scoring opportunities.

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