This session is all about possession play in a tight midfield area. Players must use quick decision-making coupled with crisp, clean passing to move the ball between target players. MORE
Passing the ball at speed will improve your players’ skills in one of the most vital areas of the game – keeping possession. The “passing diamond” will help you teach variations which can be used to lethal effect on match day.
What this session is about
- Creating and exploiting space down the wings.
- Supporting a team mate with the ball.
- Movement off the ball.
What to think about
- Make a positive run outside of a team mate with the ball.
- Use clear communication – call for the ball: let the player with the ball know when to hold or release it.
- Players receiving the ball need to look up so they can make their pass accurately to the next receiver.
- Make the right movement whether in possession or making a run.
Use an area 15 yards long and 10 yards wide for the session and development. For the game situation, use an area 20 yards long by 30 yards wide.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
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What you get your players to do
This session will test your players’ passing abilities and have them working fast. Set up your players as in the top picture.
- C passes to B then runs behind B.
- B passes to A, who passes to C on the run.
- C receives the ball and passes D.
- D begins the process again but passes and runs behind A. C and D join the back of the opposite lines.
Swap A and B regularly so everyone plays in the middle of the area.
Once A has received the ball from D, he can either pass to B, as described in the session, or “hold” the ball and pass directly to the overlapping player (see middle picture).
Introduce a third variation where B can fake to pass to the overlapping player before passing to the first player in the next line.
The receiving player is free to choose any of the three variations.
Again, swap A and B regularly so everyone plays in the middle of the area.
Play a small-sided game with the goals on the longer touchlines, making the pitch wide.
This allows overlaps to take place using the width of the pitch. Award bonus points for goals scored following one of the overlap variations outlined above.