INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Play it forward

Teach your team how to keep possession of the ball with the purpose of playing quality forward passes and goalscoring chances will come.

What this session is about

  1.  Receiving the ball.
  2.  Playing a positive forward pass.
  3.  Keep possession of the ball.

What to think about

When teams keep possession of the ball, they are doing so to create an opportunity to attack.

In order to play a forward pass, the player in possession must take a positive first touch in a forward direction.

There must be players upfield who are on the move and creating space to receive a pass.

A common problem is that players in front of the ball forget to open their shoulders so they can see the opportunity to turn and go forward. This often results in players having to take a negative, backwards touch.

Opening the shoulders allows you to see both the player in possession and the opponent’s goal.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Two queues of players stand at opposite ends of the area, the first in each line begins by passing to a player on the centre line (midfielders). When receiving the ball, this player passes to the opposite queue by one of three methods:

  1. The midfield player opens his body to receive the pass, take a touch outside the mannequin then passes forward.
  2. The midfield player takes a sideways touch in front and across the mannequin then passes forward
  3. The midfield player sets the ball back to the starting player, who has run to support his pass. Now the starting player makes a positive forward pass to the opposite end.

After a player passes the ball, he follows it to the next position on the circuit – either to be the next midfielder or to join the line at that end.

Players in each line pass to a midfielder and follow the pass while the receiving midfielder goes past a mannequin/pole and passes on.

Players in each line pass to a midfielder and follow the pass while the receiving midfielder goes past a mannequin/pole and passes on.


Development

Now move on to a possession game. The grey team defends one end line and the black team defends the opposite end line.

Two white players work as neutrals on the outside and two white players work as neutrals in the middle of the pitch. The aim for the grey and black teams is to pass the ball from one end of the pitch to the other to “score”.

In effect, the black team receives the ball from the neutral player and combines 6v4 to get the ball to the neutral player at the opposite target end line.

The team in possession has a 6v4 overload (including neutral players (N)) and tries to pass the ball to the neutral player on its target line.

The team in possession has a 6v4 overload (including neutral players (N)) and tries to pass the ball to the neutral player on its target line.


Game situation

Add three target goals and a normal-size goal to the area, as shown in the bottom picture.

In this example, the black team attacks the big goal and the grey team attacks the three target goals.

The white team places two players at each end of the pitch as neutral target players. The white players are limited to two touches only.

The aim is to play a pass to one of the neutral players, run to receive a return pass and shoot at goal. This encourages players to receive with a positive first touch and make a quality forward pass.

The game is played for three periods of five minutes so each team has a turn of attacking the big goal, three target goals and being the neutral players. The team that scores most goals wins.

Teams play forward passes to target players off the pitch with the intention of receiving a return pass and scoring in the nearby goal.

Teams play forward passes to target players off the pitch with the intention of receiving a return pass and scoring in the nearby goal.


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