Gérard Houllier – Build-up versus Counter

Gérard Houllier was the Coach of Big European Clubs like Liverpool, Paris SG and Lyon.

In this article we show one of his favorite practice present in UEFA Magazine – The Technician.

Videos and images created by sports software TacticalPad.

“BUILD-UP VERSUS COUNTER”

AIM:

– To develop constructive build-up play.

– To encourage the fast break.

NUMBERS:

Two teams – 8 v 8 plus goalkeepers.

AREA:

Full pitch, with four zones.

IMAGE:

Build-up versus Counter - Gerard Houllier

RULES:

– One team is identified as the build-up team, but it must conform to the restrictions on passing (i.e. maximum of 4 in the deep defending zone, 3 in the next zone, 2 in the next, and 1 in the attacking area. In order to score, the whole team must be in the opponent’s half of the field (this creates space behind the defense for the possible counter).

– The counter team tries to win the ball back, and initiates a fast break (a maximum of 5 passes can be imposed, before a shot on goal).

TIME:

– Duration – 26 minutes (2x12m, plus 2 minutes rest).

– The teams change roles at half-time – the build-up team becomes the countering team, and vice versa. (Intensity 90%).

ALTERNATIVE:

Each team can use both approaches (i.e. they build-up or counter, depending on the situation). But they must conform to the rules for each type of attack (i.e. if it is a counter, they only have 5 passes).

KEY COACHING POINTS:

– The countering team can press the ball and counter in the opponent’s half; or retreat, try to intercept the ball, and initiate a fast break from a deep starting position.

– The build-up team are encouraged to play composed possession football in their own half, and then to penetrate quickly with dribbling movements or fast combinations.

– Concentration, turnover speed and effective forward movement are key elements in the practice.

– Enjoy.

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