Counter like Liverpool!

SoccerSpecific

The demands of the modern game are always changing with fitter, faster and more technical and tactically adept players. As the rise in possession soccer has grown, so has the tactic of teams sitting in a lower block and countering with skill, speed and precision. This top quality session will have players working at the right intensity, speed and giving them reps in the right situations to help them make the difference when counter attacking!

Ensure an appropriate warm up has been completed prior, as this session includes a lot of high intensity long distance running.


Counter like Liverpool!

1.

Setup:

Players split into groups of 4 to attack the opposite goals. Mannequins are set up to represent each third of the field (poles can be used). 2.5 mins set with 2.5 min rest. Work for 3 sets.

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Instructions:

A) Ball starts with one player either side of the posts on one side. The group attempts to play in each zone to advance the ball to the final zone for a one touch finish. Each set develops to get more realistic to the game.

B) Group on the opposite side goes next to the opposite goal.

  1. Allow players to work through the exercise at speed (no striker involved).
  2. Players are now encouraged to make diagonal runs ahead of the ball and not straight ones. go as fast as they can to get to the goal. Add in striker to bounce off and then play in behind.
  3. Add in one attacker and one defender (highlighted)- group of 4 plays into striker’s feet in third zone, which brings both the striker and defender into the game after the striker’s first touch.

Coaching Points:

  • Speed of play to play forward quickly; weight and quality of pass to lead the runner is key
  • Match the run to the pass; diagonal passes should lead to straight runs and straight passes to diagonal runs
  • Movement off the ball- create 2 v 1’s (underlapping/ overlapping runs) especially in wide areas after a switch
  • Hold up play from the striker to bounce passes back for third man runs

2.

Setup:

2 teams of 8 split into groups of 3, along with 1 striker and 1 center back. Both teams send their striker and center back to the set mannequins to create a 1 v 1. 70 yds in length x 44 yds wide. Switch striker and center back after each set (3-4 mins each set).

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Instructions:

  1. A set of 3 attackers dribble forward and play into the strikers feet to then attack the goal. Defender is live. Players are given a time limit of 10 seconds to get to goal from when they enter the field for the first ball.
  2. When ball is done, the coach plays a new ball in for them to attack again around the center circle. They have 5 seconds to finish the next ball.
  3. A new group of 3 from the opposite side (white team) now attack from the opposite side towards the other 1 v 1.

Coaching Points:

  • Speed of play to play forward quickly; weight and quality of pass to lead the runner is key
  • Understanding of matching the run to the pass; diagonal passes should lead to straight runs and straight passes should lead to diagonal runs
  • Movement off the ball- create 2 v 1’s (underlapping/ overlapping runs) especially in wide areas after a switch
  • Hold up play from the striker to bounce passes back for third man runs. Players are encouraged to play up, back and through’s when possible, but striker’s can also turn if necessary
  • Ability to finish in one or two touches at high speed with quality and control

3.

Setup:

4 v 4 transition wave attacks- 2 teams of 8 split into groups of 3, along with 1 striker and 1 center back (striker decides which set they start on). Switch striker and center back each set. 4 min each set (2 mins rest) x 3-4 sets.

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Instructions:

  1. 3 attackers dribble forward, playing between each third of the field (split by the mannequins). and play into the strikers feet to then attack the goal.
  2. When the attack is done, a new group of 3 attackers (white team) attack immediately from the opposite side towards the other goal. Meanwhile, the three who previously attacked now sprint around the two poles at the each corner and then recover back towards their own goal to defend.
  3. Process continues with a new group of 3 attackers (in black) attacking and 3 previous attackers recovering after running around the poles.

Coaching Points:

  • Speed of play to play forward quickly; weight and quality of pass to lead the runner is key
  • Understanding of matching the run to the pass; diagonal passes should lead to straight runs and straight passes should lead to diagonal runs
  • Movement off the ball- create 2 v 1’s (underlapping/ overlapping runs) especially in wide areas after a switch
  • Hold up play from the striker to bounce passes back for third man runs
  • Poise and speed to finish get to goal and finish with speed under pressure

4.

Setup:

4 v 4 transition wave attacks- 2 teams of 8 split into groups of 3, along with 1 striker and 1 center back (striker decides which set they start on). Switch striker and center back each set. 4 min each set (2 mins rest) x 3-4 sets.

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Instructions:

  1. 3 attackers dribble forward, playing between each third of the field (split by the mannequins). and play into the strikers feet to then attack the goal.
  2. When the attack is done, a new group of 3 attackers (white team) attack immediately from the opposite side towards the other goal. Meanwhile, the three who previously attacked now sprint around the two poles at the each corner and then recover back towards their own goal to defend.
  3. Process continues with a new group of 3 attackers (in black) attacking and 3 previous attackers recovering after running around the poles.

Coaching Points:

  • Speed of play to play forward quickly; weight and quality of pass to lead the runner is key
  • Understanding of matching the run to the pass; diagonal passes should lead to straight runs and straight passes should lead to diagonal runs
  • Movement off the ball- create 2 v 1’s (underlapping/ overlapping runs) especially in wide areas after a switch
  • Hold up play from the striker to bounce passes back for third man runs
  • Poise and speed to finish get to goal and finish with speed under pressure

5.

Setup:

6 v 6 + 2 counter attack game (7 v 7 + 2 neutrals). One game to big goals. 80 yds x 44 yds, 5 mins games.

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Instructions:

Play starts from either goalkeeper. Both teams defend with a low line of confrontation in their own half in order to invite the team away from their own goal. Whenever there is a turnover in possession, the neutrals can enter the field, as long as they can finish the attack within 10 seconds. If possession is lost in transition, play continues with the defensive team getting back into their low line of confrontation.

Coaching Points:

  • Speed of play to play forward quickly; weight and quality of pass to lead the runner is key
  • Understanding of matching the run to the pass; diagonal passes should lead to straight runs and straight passes should lead to diagonal runs
  • Movement off the ball- create 2 v 1’s (underlapping/ overlapping runs) especially in wide areas after a switch
  • Hold up play from the striker to bounce passes back for third man runs