EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

4v2 possession

This session will help players be more comfortable with the ball in situations where space is at a premium.

What this session is about

  1. Passing to maintain possession.
  2. Receiving the ball.
  3. Creating space.

What to think about

This session is about your players being comfortable in possession and creating space to make and receive passes.

From a defensive point of view, you also want your players to put pressure on the ball by closing down quickly.

If you have more than eight players for each playing area, consider making another team of four to rotate into the exercise.

Set-up

  • Create a 20 yards by 10 yards playing area. Divide in half to make two 10 yards by 10 yards.
  • Eight players split into two teams of four.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
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What you get your players to do

Play begins with a 4v2 in one half. The remaining two players stay in the other half.

When Team A (grey team) lose possession, play moves to Team B’s half (white team). The two Team B players join their team mates, and any two Team A players become the new team of two.

Team A, with four players, tries to maintain possession against two defenders.

Team A, with four players, tries to maintain possession against two defenders.


Development

  • Award points to Team A for completing a set number of consecutive passes, and to Team B for breaking up passing sequences.
  • If Team A build up a lead of more than two points, add a third player to Team B in order to restrict space further.
The two defenders from team B knock the ball out of bounds.

The two defenders from team B knock the ball out of bounds.


Game situation

Play 4v4 plus two goalkeepers. Team A starts on the pitch, Team B is off the pitch. Play begins with Team A passing the ball around using either goalkeeper to keep possession.

On your signal, Team B runs onto the pitch to try to win the ball and score in either goal.

Give Team B a time limit, say 30 seconds, to score a goal. If they fail, Team A is awarded a goal. But only if they have possession of the ball.

After a goal or 30 seconds, rotate the teams.

Play transfers to the other half, where Team B has the two-player advantage.

Play transfers to the other half, where Team B has the two-player advantage.


What to call out

  • “The weight of the pass is crucial”
  • “Get a picture of what’s around you before receiving the ball”
  • “Show me your skills!”
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