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Pressing in a 4-3-3

By Sean Pearson

Area Size: 36 x 42 yards

Teams: 2 teams 

Time: 15 Minutes


  • To work as a team to force the ball where you want it
  • To be ready to intercept the ball and attack straight away

Set Up:

2 teams are set up in a 4-3-3, but with no defenders. So both teams have a defensive midfielder (#6), two attacking midfielders (#8 & #10) 2 wide strikers (#7 & #11) and a central striker (#9). There are 4 goals, 2 at each end and 2 on the side.


One team starts with the ball and their aim is to score in the opposite goal or either of the 2 side goals. The defending team is central, this is to force the ball out wide. As the ball is passed wide this is the trigger for the #11 to make a curved run to cut off the line to both the wide goal and the opposition player further up the field. The #9 makes a similar run to cut off the pass back to the opposition #6.At the same time players close to an opposition player get close to them, ball side, so they are ready to intercept a pass.

Because of the positions of #11 and #9 the player in possession can only pass centrally into the middle of the field. Because of the previous movements players are able to anticipate this pass and intercept the ball. Now the objective is to attack the central goal.


  • Add a neutral so there is an underload
  • Set a time limit or a number of passes you must score in once you win possession.
  • Play with an offside line.