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Passing in threes

Teams such as Barcelona and Swansea base their games on dominating possession of the ball. You can get your players doing the same with this drill.

What this session is about

  1. Keeping possession of the ball.
  2. Passing between team mates.

What to think about

To retain possession, players need to:

  • Use the inside/outside of both feet.
  • Play one and two-touch if possible.
  • Cushion the ball into space and make an angle for a pass.
  • Pass with the correct pace, timing and accuracy.
  • Know where the next pass is heading before the ball arrives.
  • Use attacking principles, such as spreading out, ready to go upfield.
  • Make runs off the ball.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a square and use six players – three on each team.

One team starts inside the playing area, the other team lines up as defenders outside one corner with a supply of balls.

The first defender passes a ball to the three attackers then enters the playing area to create a 3v1, as shown in the top picture.

The attackers attempt to complete a set number of passes (e.g. five) while the defender attempts to win the ball.

Should either of those things happen, or the ball goes out of play, the first defender returns to the corner and the next defender repeats the drill.

Play for a set time before the teams switch roles. The team that has completed the most set number of passes wins. There is no restriction on touches.

To progress, increase the number of passes the attacking team must complete before it wins a point.

Three players try to keep possession against one defender at a time.

Three players try to keep possession against one defender at a time.


Development

Play 3v3 in an area split into two halves. Both teams start in either half. You, or an assistant, serve the ball to one team that must pass 3v1 in its half. If players can complete five passes, a second defender enters to make it a 3v2 and so on.

If possession is lost, the player who lost the ball must run into the other half to defend a 3v1, with the “old” ball discarded and you, or the assistant, serve a new ball. Play continues as before. There is no restriction on touches.

To progress, limit each player to a maximum of three touches each time they have possession.

Three players keep possession against an increasing number of defenders.

Three players keep possession against an increasing number of defenders.


Game situation

Play a game of 3v3 in an area with no goals. There are no restrictions on how many touches each player can take to start with. However, the first team to make 10 successful one-touch passes wins the game. If the ball goes out of the area, play restarts with the team that did not lose the ball.

Play 3v3 and the team that can make 10 consecutive, one-touch passes wins.

Play 3v3 and the team that can make 10 consecutive, one-touch passes wins.


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