The counterattack in soccer is one of the most popular plays in extended offensive systems. it gives the called side the offensive advantage if the defense doesn’t adjust properly to it.
counterplay rules are easy to set up and can be executed in virtually any formation.
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In this article, we will show you everything you need to know about the counter and how you can install it on your crime.
what is the counter in soccer?
The fast break is a football play that makes a runner feint in one direction and run. it also involves pushing players to the opposite side while the other lineman makes a “gap” to block.
The fast break has become a staple in the spread offense due to its ability to get easy blocks from linemen and running backs in wide open spaces. Just like the inside and outside zones, teams will have some counter attacking play as a staple in their attack.
counterplay has been dominated by teams like oklahoma and ohio state. these teams have countless counter versions that can be masked by both formations and which players are running it.
In this article, we’ll cover the basics of the guard and tackle counter (also known as the gt counter).
how to install counter
the counter, also known as a gt counter or a trey counter, has two main elements: gap blocking and traction.
First, the offensive lineman to the called side will be gap blocking. This means they will try to push the player in their backside gap, away from the play. This is similar to what we talked about in the power read and 1 back power article.
The gap block is one of the easiest blocks to make in football; simply because the offensive player already wins with leverage, they just can’t let the defensive player get in their face.
Next, the counter will always have two players who will be pulling to the play side. To keep it simple, coaches will use the guard and tackle on the backside of the play to pull.
The first guard to shoot is responsible for ejecting the defensive end (blocking him to the sideline). this is the most important block, as the traction protector will open up a gap for the runner.
Once the pulling guard has successfully made his block, it’s up to the tackle to run up the hole before the running back. It’s important to have a lineman who is mobile when running this scheme.
if your board is slow, the runner will run ahead of the board into the hole and cause a stack.
The tackle is looping through the hole, looking for the front side linebacker. Once the tackle locates the linebacker, he will try to block him toward the inside.
Lastly, the runner must step back or counterstep to allow screens to happen in front of him. if the runner runs straight into the hole, there’s a good chance the blocks won’t be made on time and a pile will form.
Taking a delayed step to the outside should give the guard and tackle enough time to pull.
There you have it, the basics of the game against the clock. below, we’ll dive into how to make your counters more effective through variation.
As mentioned, the fast break usually has the guard and tackle pulling to the side of play.
coaches like lincoln riley have innovated the play to pull the guard in and throw out the defensive end, but guide a tight end or h back down the hole.
This allows teams to hold the backside tackle to block if a team is a blitz heavy team.
Remember, counterattacking play takes time to develop. any penetration can damage it.
Teams that have running quarterbacks may also use their quarterback in the fast break game. this means faking the running back and then using the guard and tackle to push into the play side.
The runner’s fake often tricks the defense into going against the play. this gives the advantage to the offense, which can use these defensive missteps to gain an advantage on their blocks.
Another example of a counterplay variation is to tag it with an rpo. teams like oklahoma use the addition of rpo to really keep the opponent’s linebackers in conflict.
is counter trey, gt counter & all counter the same move?
yes. all of these names are used to describe the counter. all of these plays have the guard and tackle throwing while the running back counterpasses.
Coaches have called this play different names over the years, but the word “fast break” has remained the primary call for the play.
what is the difference between power & counter?
The main difference between power and fast break is how many offensive linemen throw to the side of play. on the fast break, the back guard and tackle will pull to the play side.
In power, only the back guard will shoot to kick to the defensive side. power usually requires a side or h-back to lead through the hole. teams can also reverse point guard and fullback/h-back roles.
power is similar to fast break, but the main difference is who throws and the runner’s footwork. there are no lag steps in power as it is a quick move to the side of the play.
Learn more about scattered offensive running plays in the articles below.
spread offensive running plays – complete guide
the basics of the oklahoma trey counter
executing the power play in football: a complete guide
the gap scheme & how it is executed on each offense
complete guide to outdoor areas & walkthrough
complete guide to the inner zone & walkthrough
what is power reading in soccer? installation guide
counter is an easy move to set up and can be effective on any attack. can be depleted in any formation and puts the defense in a bind if not set up correctly.
every distribution team uses fast breaks as it has become one of the most popular runs in football today.
If you run an extended offense, we strongly recommend that you install some counter on your offense. not only is it highly effective, but defenses also have a hard time stopping it.
simple front-end space-blocking techniques make the scheme easy to install and run at any level.
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