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Keep ball

The success of Spain at international level proves a game based on possession can win the biggest trophies. Try this exercise with your players and they will start appreciating the value of keeping the ball.

What this session is about

  1. Passing.
  2. Creating space.
  3. Receiving.
  4. Possession.

What to think about

  • Spread out to create space.
  • Good passing – eg. sidefoot through the middle of the ball and use correct pace, timing, accuracy.
  • Receiving – movement to create space, first touch out of feet into space, on half turn and receive with back foot, know next pass before receiving ball etc.
  • Communication.

Set-up

  • 12 players split into two teams.
  • 60 yards by 40 yards area with a half way line.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10-15 minutes10 minutes15-20 minutes10 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Begin with 6 attackers versus 3 defenders in one half of the playing area, with the other 3 defenders in the opposite half. Attackers must complete eight consecutive passes – without the defenders intercepting the ball or the ball going out of play – to win a point. If successful the attackers, with their next pass, must transfer the ball and themselves to the other half to begin a new 6v3 and a new sequence of passes. Possession changes if the ball goes out of play or the defenders intercept a pass.

When the defence wins the ball they become the attackers and three opponents leave that side of the pitch while their players join in. The team with the most points after five minutes wins.

The team in possession passes to each other, in a 6v3, after eight passes they win a point and move to the other half.

The team in possession passes to each other, in a 6v3, after eight passes they win a point and move to the other half.


Development

Possible progressions include:

  • Limit touches to two per player.
  • Increase the number of consecutive passes the attacking team must complete to win a point.
  • Increase the number of defenders in each half to four.
Increase to four defenders. If the defence intercepts the ball or it goes out of play, they gain control and assume the 6v4 role.

Increase to four defenders. If the defence intercepts the ball or it goes out of play, they gain control and assume the 6v4 role.


Game situation

Use an area 30 yards by 20 yards. Divide the pitch into two halves. Teams stand in different halves of the pitch. Call for a player from the other team to go into that half and defend. If the team in possession makes five passes, call for another player to go and defend in a 4v2 situation.

If the defender wins the ball or forces it out of play, the game restarts in the opposite half, but with the roles reversed. The player guilty of losing possession must now defend in the other half. The winning team has all four of their opponents in their half and completes five passes.

One defender tries to intercept the ball against four opponents. After five passes a second defender joins and so on.

One defender tries to intercept the ball against four opponents. After five passes a second defender joins and so on.


What to call out

  • “Keep the ball moving”
  • “Play with your head up”
  • “Call for the ball”
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