This is a defence vs attack drill with zones and 1 full-size goal. The main objective of the exercise is to practice distribution in the middle of the park and moving into the attack with wingers without losing shape.
This drill requires half of an actual football pitch, 1 small goal and 6 cones to mark the zones as shown in the picture above. This exercise is designed to involve both your starting players and subs, you will need more than 11 players. We usually practise the drill with 15 players (7 vs 8) and 1 goalkeeper.
In the picture, blue players are defending and red attacking. Blue players can’t move out of their zones. Red wingers can move freely on the wings. Red strikers can move only in the last two zones of the pitch. Only red strikers can shoot to the big goal. We usually play 3-5-2 (or 3-1-3-1-2), so the blue players are located in zones in a 3-1-3-1 formation. Aside of the 2 red wingers, blue players are using a 2-1-2 formation.
The small goal in the midfield is provided to motivate the defending team to move from defence into attack in an orderly fashion instead of simply kicking the ball out of danger. Because the defensive team can also score, it forces the attacking team to put pressure on the defensive players in order to recover the ball.
This is a simple football game. The main objective of the game is to keep the shape in the midfield by forcing players to move in a limited zone. Only wingers and striker have more freedom of movement. In addition to the usual football rules, follow these basic rules:
The main objectives of this exercise are to keep the team shape both in attack as well as in defence. When in defence, the team has to be well organised in order to score a small goal. There are many skills that this game covers: