This session is about keeper distribution and retaining possession by building play from the back. It mimics short passes to centrebacks and midfield players, low driven and chipped passes to full-backs and wide midfielders, and longer passes to centre-forwards and wide attackers MORE
It’s important your players develop the habit of constantly looking around the pitch to see what’s happening so that when they receive the ball, they know how much time they have in possession and also the ball’s next destination.
What this session is about
- Playing with the head up.
What to think about
- See where team mates and opposition players are before receiving the ball. That includes glancing over the shoulder.
- Know where the next pass is going before receiving the ball.
- Move when a team mate is in possession and make sure they are seen by the player with the ball.
- Demonstrate good passing and receiving technique.
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What you get your players to do
Mark out an area and use four players, as shown in the top picture. One player starts in the middle, with the other three, each wearing a different colour bib, standing on three of the four corners of the playing area.
The middle player must pass to the corner players in the same sequence, e.g. white to black/white, then white to grey and then white to all black.
After they have passed the ball back, the corner players are allowed to move to an adjacent unoccupied corner if they want to (and a corner is available). Each player plays in the middle for a set time.
This exercise gets players used to keeping an eye on others’ movements.
To progress, make it two-touch only.
Mark out an area and use eight players, as shown in the middle picture. Split the players into two groups of four.
Limiting each player to two-touch, players move around the area passing the ball in a sequence from one player on one team to another on the other team.
To progress, stop players from passing to someone they’ve just received the ball from.
To progress again, try limiting players to onetouch.
In the same area and with the same teams, play a small-sided game in which both teams try to keep possession of the ball.
A “goal” is awarded to the team that completes a certain number of passes. The game is played for three periods of five minutes. The players make a pass-in if the ball leaves the area.
To progress, stop players from passing to someone they’ve just received the ball from. The team that scores most goals wins.