No matter how good your team is, it will have to defend a counterattack at some point in the game. The counterattack drill in this post will help your defenders improve their tackling techniques when chasing strikers from behind.
You don’t need an actual football field to practise this drill, but you need enough space, cones to mark the pitch, small-sized goals and a few balls. If you can’t get hold of goals, use cones or, preferably, agility poles to mark them. Next, distribute the cones to draw a field, as shown in the picture above. Make the length of the pitch about 10 meters wide and 40 meters long.
Ideally, you want to practise this drill with a minimum of 4 players, two defenders and two strikers. However, if you have a good number of players, avoid having them waiting in a queue. So, if you have space, set up multiple fields as in the picture above.
The role of the players doesn’t need to match their actual position in a match. The idea is to allow everyone to practice attacking and defending counterattacks. So, rotate the players after they complete one round.
This drill is simple. The objective is to practice counterattacks and defend them. The instructions for this drill are:
Give everyone a chance to score and change players from the left side to the right and vice-versa. So, complete eight rounds of this exercise by changing roles and sides. For example, this will be the progression Player A starting with the ball on the left:
You can make this exercise a competition for more fun and commitment. If you have more than four players, all starting strikers belong to one team, all defenders to the opposite team. The team that scores more goals at the end of 8 rounds per player wins.
The video below showcases this drill in action.
The main objective of this drill is for defenders to practice chasing strikers from behind. However, this drill covers other aspects of the game. This exercise will improve:
I hope you find this drill useful. If you like this post, please share it with your friends. If you know other exercises or have any questions, leave a comment below.
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