Soccer: Keeping Possession

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3 teams of 6: red blue and yellow.

Set up an area starting at the edge of the penalty box, 44 yards wide and about 20 yards long.

2 teams start in the area with the other team spaced evenly around the edge.

Games of 6 vs 6 using the outside players as extras for whichever team has the ball: 3 minute rotation (including the players on the outside)

The aim of this is for teams to keep possession of the ball for as long as possible.

The players on the outside are 2 touch only.

6 games, so each team plays the others twice.

COACHING POINTS

  • Once a player has passed the ball they should move to make the area clear for other teammates to enter the space.
  • Body position: players should shield the ball with their body by keeping their body between the Attacker and the ball.
  • Simple pass: focus on accurate passing particularly in tight areas. Once you have passed the ball clear area for teammate to exploit.
  • Weight of the pass is important to leave the ball playable.
  • Communication between the players- making sure they are calling in space.
    • This is important in a game situation for helping the person with the ball make decisions under pressure.
  • Communicate to teammates to clear areas so that newly created space can be exploited to receive the ball.

Discussion:

Have the players quickly feedback about what went well or where they can improve after each game.

Prompt them by asking what caused them to lose possession in certain situations and what they could do differently next time.

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