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. MORE
Lofted and driven
There are two types of long pass: Lofted and driven. Develop your players’ ability to execute both with this session that will keep them interested.
What this session is about
- Hitting accurate long passes.
- Finding team mates in space who you can’t reach using the side-foot pass.
- Moving quickly from defence to attack.
What to think about
To perform the lofted pass, players must:
- Approach the ball at angle.
- Place the plant foot diagonally behind ball, not immediately alongside.
- Lean back slightly.
- Lock the ankle, extend the foot, the laces strike the bottom half of the ball through an imaginary vertical line that bisects it. Sweep the leg through and across. For the driven pass:
- Place the plant foot next to the ball, use a low follow-through towards the target with the big toe down.
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What you get your players to do
Mark out areas for four players, as shown in the top picture. A pair of players stand at opposite ends of the playing area. Players at each end stand five yards apart and at an angle of 45 degrees.
Starting at one end, the player standing farthest from the opposite end plays a one-two with his partner. When he has received the ball again, he hits a long pass to the player farthest from him before rotating positions with his partner.
At the other end, the receiving pair returns the ball with another long pass after a one-two. Make sure players try hitting lofted and driven passes with their stronger and weaker foot.
Extend each playing area slightly and mark a 10-yard zone at each end and use six players, as shown in the middle picture.
Two attackers face one defender in each end zone. Both defenders are passive and can only close down the space for attackers. Both attackers in the same end zone must touch the ball before trying to pass to the other pair of attackers at the opposite end.
No players are allowed to enter the central, “neutral” zone. Switch roles regularly so that every player has a go at being a defender.
To progress, the defender tries to win the ball.
Mark out an area with two end zones, as shown in the bottom picture. Play 4v4, divided into two 2v2s. No players can enter the central, “neutral” zone.
Play begins at one end. Each pair must attempt to find their two team mates in the other end zone with a long pass. If successful, their team mates must attempt to dribble across the end line without losing possession to score a point.
If the other team wins the ball, it must attempt a long pass to its team mates in the other end zone, who then try to dribble the ball across the end line.
Any attacking pair that dribbles across the end line keeps possession to try and hit a long pass to their team mates. Condition the game so a long pass must be hit every fourth pass otherwise the team with the ball forfeits possession.
The team that scores most points wins.