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Counter-Pressing Exercise 6 vs 3 with a Central Zone


Organization: The red team combines from the outsides of the field with each other with the aim to target pass the central player. Blue defends the in-between space and is allowed to interfere all passes or pressure on the red central player after a successful pass. If Blue gains possession, they counter on four mini-goals. Red is allowed to use a maximum of five passes before passing to the central player.

Coaching Points: If Red loses the ball, ball-distant positions need to cover the mini-goals. Ball-near players, especially the central player, apply direct pressure on the ball carrier.

Variation: In order to provoke and intensify ball losses, an additional time-rule can be introduced. “Red only has eight seconds to target pass the central player!”. Minimize the central zone.

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This counterpressing drill has been taken from Steven Tureks eBook “THE ART OF COUNTERPRESSING“. To get more information, variations, coching points and further drills, check out the complete book in our webshop!
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