There will always be poor kicks for your team to return or chase. This session works on running and/or kicking the ball back with purpose as well as thinking about what the defence might do to counter this. MORE
Get ready to counter attack
Counter attack, which is the ability to attack after the opposition attack give up the ball, is one of the best opportunities to score. The opposition are at their most disorganised.
It’s not an easy area to train though. However, you can set up plenty of scenarios for your players to react to, then work out how they will attack and see where they can attack.
In this post, we are going to look at counter attacking from a kick return. First, we need to secure the ball. You could call it “diffusing the bomb”, were “the bomb” is another term for a high ball with chasers bearing down on the catcher. Give your catchers the confidence to take that ball with The Bomb Squad: Jump and catch like the pros.
For a more chaotic situation, where either team might retain possession after the kick, use Chase, challenge and counter. Now the team who get the ball need to work out how to use it. Expect plenty of thrills and spills.
To develop the spatial awareness to read the opposition kick-chase, we have a full practice plan called Attack backers, which also can be used to develop a good defensive chase as well.
Finally, our skills game, Run backs is a good warm-up activity which can be developed into a full session to create scenarios where there are attackers in front of the ball as well as in position to take the ball going forward.