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Possession: How do your players react?

How do your players react when they are in possession of the ball? Do they just kick it in the general direction of a team mate or are they reacting and scanning the pitch looking for the next best pass?

Possession is so important it is worth spending as much time as you can on getting players reacting to having the ball and making decisions to keep it. They must be switched on and you must get them to look for supporting runs and make the runs themselves.

Without the ball players must work hard to win it back – this is key to creating a reaction in or out of possession. Check out the simple list of key coaching interventions. Players must be made aware of the checklist that they can think about during a possession based practice.

Key coaching interventions

Coach suggestions
“I want you to look at your team-mate before you pass it”
“How can your pass help your team mate to do the next thing?”

Watch a passing combination
“Did you see how he passed the ball to John so he could move onto the ball?”

Challenge
“Recognize when to and when not to risk possession”

Here are three of the best sessions to help you:

Possession or score encourages strikers to have rapid shots at goal and to link up in the middle of the park with one-twos and one-touch passing. Defenders can switch play when in possession and spread out to keep the ball from attackers.

One of the key moments in a possession game is being able to use the ball and create goal scoring chances. It is easy to just keep the ball and neglect the principles of attack. In Possession in overloads players get lots of chances to create, and score, goals

In 3v2 transitions the attacking team has an overload but can the defending team use their players to create their own overload and win the ball back so they can score? It is one of my favourite sessions to get a reaction from my players.

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