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2 v 1s | Attack v Defence (07-P1)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

This attacking combination football practice can be used to develop combination play in the final third to finish attacks. The practice area is 30 x 30 on the outside with a 20 x 20 inside area.

2 players combine to beat a single defender creating a 2v1 to score a mini goal. If the defender wins possession, players must run the ball over the line to score.

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Key Coaching Questions

  • How can you predict defenders' movements?

  • How are defenders reacting to the practice? What should you do as a result?

  • What must you do to get shot off quickly in the attacking half?

Player Focus

Angles and Distances | Recognition of Space | Quick Passing | Movement to Lose Players | Double Movement | Final Pass | Execute Finish.

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Attack v Defence Scenarios

Here are a few examples of attacking and defending tactics in soccer (also known as football):

  1. Attack:

  • Possession-based attacking: This involves building up play through a series of passes, with the aim of creating scoring opportunities through a combination of movement, passing, and attacking runs.

  • Direct attacking: This involves playing long balls over the top of the defense or making runs behind the defence to create scoring opportunities.

  • Counter attacking: This involves regaining possession of the ball and transitioning quickly to attack, often through the use of quick passes and runs into space.

  1. Defense:

  • High press: This involves aggressively pressing the opposing team high up the field, with the aim of regaining possession and launching a counter attack.

  • Deep defending: This involves defending deep in your own half, with the aim of making it difficult for the opposing team to penetrate the defence and create scoring opportunities.

  • Man-marking: This involves assigning a specific defender to mark a specific opposing player, with the aim of reducing their influence on the game.

  • Zonal marking: This involves dividing the field into specific zones, with each player responsible for defending a specific area.

Overall, there are many different tactics that teams can use when attacking and defending in soccer, and the most effective approach will depend on the strengths and weaknesses of the team and the specific game situation.

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