Week 5

Week 5 plan.

Defending, leading into Transition to Attack.

  • Organization of the defensive line for the right pressing moments, and counter attacking.
  • Trapping the opponent wide or forcing them into tight areas.

Session for a back 4 + 2 central midfielder (YouTube).

Session for a back 3 + 1 central midfielder (YouTube).

  • This is set up as a 4v4, but you can add at least one more CM (#8/#10) for 5v5. Add a #9 if you want to play 6v6. Set both teams up the same if going 6v6.


Playing the game and focusing on organized defending, or getting organized as quickly as possible.


Coaches preference on how the team attacks (width, centrally, dribbling, passing). Work on creating overloads as much as possible.

Defending both ways:

Identify ‘pressing moments’ with your team. Working on setting traps by leaving players ‘open’ outside. Encourage the opponent to play into those areas so your team can double team and win the ball/force a mistake and counter attack.

Scoring: Score in the opponents goal – punish them from distance too! 

Goals should be worth two if you: 

Steal a pass from the opponent / Force the opponent into a mistake.

Game Objectives

1 – Attacking

How many times did we overload the opponent when we had the ball? (making 2v1’s or 3v2’s)

2 – Defending

How many times did we make the opponent predictable and win the ball?

How many times did our supporting players steal the ball or force a mistake?

How many times did we steal the ball from an isolated opponent out wide?

3 – Player’s choice

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