- In this instance the desired team formation is 3-5-2.
- The pitch (i.e. 70
yards) would be used for a game involving 8v3 players.
The team of eight, the possession team, is shaped up with three defenders
either in a flat zone or with two markers and a free defender (libero or
sweeper). The midfield consists of five players placed across the pitch
as shown in the illustration. This team of eight plays against the three
defenders of the opposing team, again shaped appropriately to suit the
requirements of the coach.
The game starts with a throw-out from the goalkeeper of the eight man team
who play against three defenders. This heavy numerical superiority enables
predetermined practice moves to be carried out. Clearly, each attack should
end in a goal attempt because of the numerical advantage. When the attock
is finished either by scoring, by a save from the goalkeeper, a goal-kick,
or by the defenders winning possession the five midfield players now play
with the original three defenders and attack the opposite goal. This means
that, initially, three team colours are required. One colour for each of
the defending three players and another colour for the five midfield players.
The game proceeds from end to end allowing the coach to make relevant points
and even to introduce set piece situations.
Interpass and Shoot
Three Central Defenders
Changing Boxes - Warm
10 v 5