Counter attacking relies on two important aspects, both of which must be executed at speed. The first step is to transition quickly between defence and attack when your team wins possession. Upon transition the team must attack at speed (often taking a direct route to goal) in order to capitalise on a numerical advantage.
Knowing how to defend against the counter-attack is equally vital. Delaying the speed of the attack is key, in order to allow the defensive side to get back into shape as is quickly identifying the main threat. This is important because when facing such an attack, it is not always possible to stop such an attack in its track and therefore the defensive side will need to force the ball to be played to the weakest player in the opposition attack to compromise the potency of the counter-attack.