Counter Attacking Overloads

By Sean Pearson

Area Size: 40 x 30 Yards

Teams: 20 mins

Players: 3 v 2 & 4 v 3 + GK


  • To use width against inferior opposition
  • Attack with speed and be positive in decision making


Two teams with players in wide positions off the field and next to the goal. There are 2 GK’s and 2 sets of balls next to each goal.


One team attacks 3 v 2 and looks to use width and decisions to beat the 2 defenders to get a shot. If they score all players come off and the other team comes onto the field and attacks 3 v 2.

If the 2 defenders manage to either tackle, intercept or make the attacking team make a mistake and lose possession, they can then counter attack with 2 players coming in (1 from each side) to attack the previous team 4 v 3.

Once the team either has scored or had a shot at goal then both teams exit the field to the side to allow the next attack from a team to start straight away. Players return to where they started. You can alternate where players start from throughout the practice.

When the next players start the attack the 3 v 2 is reversed. Encourage quick decisions and a fast temp to the attacks.




  • Only allow forward passes
  • Teams must shoot within 8 seconds

By Sean Pearson. Sean is also the author Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1, Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 and Coaching Team Shape in the 4-3-3

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