Attack vs Defence

Attack vs Defence training drills are one of the most effective training methods in preparing players for match day scenarios. It focuses on repetitive waves of attack from attackers, whilst the defence aims to prevent them from scoring. Allowing players to spend more time training in their respective position helps maximise both training time and effectiveness.

This Attack vs Defence training drill can also be customised to increase/decrease the difficulty for either the attacking or defending team. Add difficulty to the attacking team by adding more defenders, or restricting areas of the pitch, or add difficulty to the defending team by decreasing defender numbers to create overload scenarios or challenge defenders to reach specific areas of the pitch to help improve their distribution from the back.

Take a look at our Attack vs Defence training drills below for drills you can utilise within your own training sessions!

1v1s

1v1s

Step 1 The coach roles out the ball into the arena. The whites try to score up the pitch. The yellows try to score down the pitch The ball is dead once the ball leaves the pitch. Step 2 The blue player passes the ball across the arena to the white player. The blue...

Over & Underloads

Over & Underloads

Overload Over Loads 1v0, 2v1,3v2 Set up your area as shown on the diagram. The coach plays in the ball for the white player to have a one touch finish. As soon as the white player strikes the ball he/she then plays another ball to the yellow team. This creates a 2v1...

Carousel

Carousel

Process: Split all your players into 2 teams. Each team then divides their team into 3 teams and place each team at one of the three activities. 1v1s 2v2s 5v5 game The whites stay at the end of each practice whilst the yellows move round. Once the yellows have visited...

Passing and pressing 3 vs 3

Passing and pressing 3 vs 3

Players: 12 players + 2 Goalkeepers What you’ll need: Cones, balls, bibs and 2 goals. Exercise description: Red team play the ball to blue team and then they will go to press. Blue team can play together or they can pass to the pivots and attack. The aim is to score a...

Passing and pressing 2 vs 2

Passing and pressing 2 vs 2

Players: 8 players (4 inside + 4 outside) + 1 Goalkeeper What you’ll need: Cones, balls, bibs,1 goal and 2 mini-goals Exercise description: The reds start with the ball and pass it to a player on the yellow team Reds will press the ball to avoid the attack Yellow team...

Turning to advance

Turning to advance

Players: 4 players + 2 Coaching Assistants split into 2 groups Playing area: One half of the pitch What you’ll need: Cones, balls and 4 mini-goals Exercise description: Player 1 passes the ball to the coach assistant and runs towards him The defender runs behind the...

Win the Ball – Exercise 3

Win the Ball – Exercise 3

Players: 4 players + 1 Goalkeeper Playing area: Zone 1: 2 Defenders Zone 2: 2 Attackers What you’ll need: Cones, balls, bibs and a goal Exercise description: Players will be 1v1 in each zone. Goalkeeper kicks the ball to the zone 2. Defenders in zone 2 fight for the...

Win the Ball – Exercise 2

Win the Ball – Exercise 2

Players: 4 players + 1 Goalkeeper Playing area: Zone 1: 1 Attacker, 1 Defender and 1 Goalkeeper Zone 2: 2 Attackers What you’ll need: Cones, balls, bibs and a goal Exercise description: Coach throws the ball with his hands to the defence and the attacker (zone1). If...

Win the Ball – Exercise 1

Win the Ball – Exercise 1

  Players: 3 players + 1 Goalkeeper Playing area: Zone 1: 1 Defender and 1 Goalkeeper Zone 2: 2 Attackers What you’ll need: Cones, balls and a goal Exercise description: 1. Coach throws the ball with his hands to the defence (zone 1). 2. The defender clears the...

Random Games With a Twist

Random Games With a Twist

Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the diagram making sure it suits the needs of your players. Rules: Players spend 3 minutes at each pitch. As you can see each pitch is different. On any pitch whoever kicks the ball off the pitch must go and collect the ball....

Crackers

Crackers

Individual  Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the diagram making sure it suits the needs of your players. Rules: You can have free play or condition the games. All players are numbered 1-8. During play a number leaves the pitch on the coaches command. The number...

Christmas Session

Christmas Session

Preparing the Advent calendar   Leave all the doors unopened. Slide the chocolate tray out. Remove one chocolate and replace it with a token. Slide the chocolate tray back into the calendar.       Individual Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the...

1v1 Circuits

1v1 Circuits

Session 1  Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the diagram making sure it suits the needs of your players. You will need football mannequins and football cones. Rules: The player starts the circuit by having 30 touches of the ball in between the red cones trying to...

Training Tournament

Training Tournament

Teams Split however many players you into two teams. Each team then splits their team again into two.   Round 1 Pitch 1 Blues v  Whites (4v4) Pitch 2  Blues v Whites (4v4) Play for however many minutes you wish. Each game is worth a point.   Round 2   ...

Up Your Sleeve Sessions… What yours ?

Up Your Sleeve Sessions… What yours ?

Every coach needs to have a few sessions up their sleeve! What's yours? You can tweet them @DiscountFK or @LouisLancs. If you coach a childrens side you can view our wide range of children's football kits. This session is created by Louis Lancaster in association with...

1v1, 2v2 Tournament

1v1, 2v2 Tournament

Stage 1 1v1s White v Blue Pitch 1 White v Blue Pitch 2 Rules: -First to score 10 goals. -Whoever wins gets a point for their team.       Stage 2.  2v2 White v Blue Rules: -First to score 10 goals. -Whatever team wins get the point.      ...

Pressing Games

Pressing Games

Game 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. Rules: -Players can go wherever they like on the pitch just like the game. -Every time the ball goes out of play the game restarts from the keeper who is to play in....

Games Using Different Shapes

Games Using Different Shapes

Drill 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. It can be done with 3v3, 4v4 etc. Rules: -Players stay in the half they are in. -The white defenders try to get the ball to the whites attackers. -The white...

The Players’ #1 Session

The Players’ #1 Session

This training session was inspired by Nick Levett. You can find out more about Nick on his Twitter page @nlevett. Drill 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above. Vary the size depending on numbers and ability. Rules: -Split your players into two teams. -Once you know...

Player Favourites

Player Favourites

3 Goal Game  Structure: -Set up the area as above. Vary the size depending on age and ability. Rules: -Yellows and Reds compete and try to score in either of the little goals at one end. -Yellows shooting left to right. -Reds shooting right to left. -If a team scores...

Transition Games

Transition Games

The  Watford U15's football coach takes us through 3 transition games. The equipment used  in these games includes footballs, football cones, and football goals. Game 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above. -NO BIBS. Process: -3 v2 towards goal. -They can only score...

Variety of 1v1’s

Variety of 1v1’s

Louis Lancaster takes us through a variety of drills for 1v1 training drills. The equipment used in these training sessions includes footballs, football cones, and small football goals. Drill 1. The white player goes 1v1 against the blue. The blue then joins their...

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