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Conditioned game – attack vs defense

Conditioned game – attack vs defense

  • Sufficient markers to outline the field
  • 2 cones
  • Sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • 2 small goals
  • 8 vests (4 red, 2 blue, 2 green)
  • Playing area: 30x20 meters
  • Players: 8
  • Duration: 14 minutes
  • Series: 2 series of 5 minutes interspersed with 2 minutes of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
The exercise improves ball circulation under pressure and free space management.
Ball control, Pass, Intercepting, Creating width and depth, Transitions

Create a 20x20 playing area using the markers and divide it into two zones with the cones. On the long sides of the rectangle place the two small goals. Divide players in 4 red defenders (2 for every half of the field), blue strikers (free to move inside the playing area) and 2 green bouncers (who can move along the sides of the playing rectangle).

  • The blue strikers have to shoot at goal to score a point and they can shoot at both goals
  • The red defenders can only move inside the half field assigned to them and with active defense they have to defend opposition attacks.
  • The red defenders, recover the ball, have to play 8 consecutive passes to score a point.
  • The blue strikers, lose the ball, they must try to regain it and avoid the opposition scoring.
  • The green bouncers can only move along the sides of the rectangle and play with the team in possession (they play with both teams, as neutrals).
  • After each goal, the game starts againg from the central zone with the strikers possessing the ball.
  • At the end of the series the side players switch positions with the attackers. After 2 series defenders switch with attackers/bouncers
  • Maximum number of touches allowed for defenders: 3


  1. Restrict number of ball touches for the defenders to 2 and for strikers at 3.
  2. Add a third striker inside the playing area.
Coaching Points
  • The aim of the exercise:
    • Technical and coordination objectives: ball transmission and reception with high spacial-temporal pressure, carrying ball with variations, shooting at goal.
    • Technical and tactical objectives: free space management also to the ball possessor’s disadvantage, to numerical superiority and inferiority, game  concepts of weak side strong side.
  • Reduce pauses within the exercise by increasing the intensity of the game by coach feeding balls in quickly.

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