Lars Lagerback – “Swedish Style”

Lars Lagerback managed the Swedish National Team from 1998 until 2009, then the Nigerian National Team in 2010 and since 2011 the Icelandic National Team.

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

Videos and images created by sports software TacticalPad.

“Swedish Style”

Aim:

To practice counter-attacking moves, technically and tactically, and to develop a countering attitude.

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Lars Lagerback - Swedish Style

Numbers:

8 v 8 plus goalkeeper.

Area:

Full pitch.

Concept:

A combination of two practices: 6v4 (waves of attack) and 4v2 (on the counter).

Rules:

– 6 against 4 with free play (half field).

– If the goalkeeper or a defender intercepts the ball, the player immediately initiates a counter-attack.

– The counter involves 4v2 (half field).

– The 6v4 group take no part in the counter-attack.

– The 4v2 group wait in their areas for the counter to be initiated.

– When the play breaks down, the practice is restarted in the center-circle by a midfield player from the group of six.

Coaching Points:

– Work with the strikers on the counter – one to the ball, the other on the move;

– Encourage combination play between wingers and strikers;

– Focus on speed (players and ball) and directness;

– In the 6v4 the attackers are free to express themselves, while the defenders work on interceptions and then deep, penetrating passes;

– The two groups of eight players can change roles – when directed to do so by the coach.

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