6v6 is a great size exercise to work on tactical concepts, especially when it comes to the back line and defensive midfielders against the attackers.

Set Up

First set up the playing area with a large goal on one end and two mini goals or cones at the opposite end. You’ll need a goal keeper in the large goal. Divide players into two teams of six.

This drill works especially well with coach’s who like to play with a back four system such as a 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, or 4-3-3.

The team defending the large goal sets up with a back four and two holding midfielders. The team attacking the large goal sets up with a striker, two wingers, and three central midfielders.

How It Works

The team attacking the large goal starts with the ball and they work to break the defence down and score.

In the event that the defenders win the ball, they can counter attack and try to score by dribbling or passing through the cones/mini goals opposite them. The game proceeds as normal with the two teams going head to head. If the ball goes out of play a new ball can start up top with the attacking team.

Coaching Points

Be sure that players are moving off the ball and offering good supporting angles in attack. This drill offers a great chance to work on combination play and working together to break down the defense.

On the opposite side of the ball, defensive organization is very important and depending on a coaches tactics, either man to man or zonal defending can be used.

Adapt this drill to suit your own tactical needs and don’t be afraid to pause the drill to make the coaching points you feel are relevant to help players learn.

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