EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Possession

If your players can retain possession they can dictate the flow of a game and limit the opposition’s attacking opportunities.

What this session is about

Keeping possession of the ball and creating attacking opportunities. If the opposition don’t have the ball, they can’t score.

What to think about

  • Movement is vital

To improve the ability to keep possession, teams must have players willing to make runs into space and create angles to receive the ball. No players should be static, encourage those that are static to keep moving and looking for space.

Set-up

  •  40 x 30 yard area with end zones and crossing zones.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Start by playing a game of keepaway with two teams of equal numbers in the main area. This is possession in its purest form and the session should be used to produce passing and first touch technique.

Start by playing a simple possession game to assess your players’ ability and understanding of possession.

Start by playing a simple possession game to assess your players’ ability and understanding of possession.


Development

Now the teams have to play possession in order to go forward and score a point by getting into the end zone. This provides a goal to build towards when passing and gives the players purpose.

Develop the session by adding a “goal” in the shape of an end zone.

Develop the session by adding a “goal” in the shape of an end zone.


Game situation

Introduce decision making in the game situation with the addition of goals and goalkeepers. On the attack the player must decide whether to enter the middle zone and beat the defender 1v1 for a chance to shoot, or go into a crossing zone and cross the ball for a teammate.

Goalkeepers and goals help replicate game situations. Crossing zones add an interesting twist.

Goalkeepers and goals help replicate game situations. Crossing zones add an interesting twist.


What to call out

  •  “Pass quickly”
  •  “Make the simple pass”
  •  “Angles to receive”
  •  “Talk”
  •  “Move off the ball”
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