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soccer coaching game for launching counter attacks

Objective: This game called Breakout helps to improve your team's ability to get the ball back from their opponents and launch a counter attack.

Age range: U6s and upwards

Set-up: Divide your players into two teams of four, five or six plus two goalkeepers.

The game is played on a mini soccer pitch or a 50 yards long by 30 yards wide playing area with a centre line and a goal at each end.

How to play:
  • Both teams play in one half of the pitch.
  • One team attacks the goal in that half and other team tries to win possession of the ball.
  • If the defending team wins the ball, it tries to start a counter attack by passing or dribbling the ball into the opponent's half (the empty half of the pitch).
  • If the defenders succeed in getting the ball out of their half, only one counter-attacking defender can enter the attacking team's half and no attackers are allowed to go back to defend.
  • It's now a 1v1 between the defending team's counter attacker and the attacking team's goalkeeper.

Progress by allowing an attacker to run back and try to defend.

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