INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Triple-zone keep ball

Retaining possession of the ball means your team can create goalscoring opportunities and stop opponents from scoring. This tough session challenges players to vary the type and range of their passing while facing different degrees of pressure.

What this session is about

  1. Passing to maintain possession.
  2. Receiving the ball.
  3. Creating space.

What to think about

  • Spread out and use the space.
  • Make runs into space and angles to receive the ball.
  • Make a good first touch on the ball.
  • Play with the head up – decide what to do with the ball before receiving it.
  • Fake to disguise the direction of the pass.
  • Use a good passing technique.
  • Improvise when necessary.
  • Use good verbal and visual communication.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes20-25 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split your players into teams of four and use two teams against each other in each area, as in the top picture.

Add two neutral players who play for the team in possession of the ball.

Teams score points for completing a certain number of consecutive passes, for example, five. If successful, the other team is given possession to try and do the same.

Play 4v4 keep ball with two neutral players who help the team in possession.

Play 4v4 keep ball with two neutral players who help the team in possession.


Development

Divide the area into three zones, as in the middle picture. Limit the area for players by calling out a zone (e.g. “zone 1”) where the two teams can play. Again, use two neutral players who play for the team in possession.

Call out changes of zone during the activity, which the players have to respond to.

To progress, call out different combinations of zones (e.g. “zones 1 and 3”).

Depending on age and ability, allow players just two touches each.

The area is divided into three zones. You tell players which zone(s) they can play in.

The area is divided into three zones. You tell players which zone(s) they can play in.


Game situation

Play 4v4 plus two goalkeepers, with a goal at each end, as in the bottom picture. Team A starts on the pitch, team B off the pitch. Play begins with team A passing the ball to each other using either goalkeeper to keep possession.

On your command, team B runs on to the pitch to try to win the ball and score in either goal. Give team B a time limit, say 30 seconds, to score a goal. If they fail, team A is awarded a goal but only if they have possession of the ball.

If the ball goes out of play, quickly pass a new one on to the pitch. Rotate the teams after a goal or 30 seconds.

The team on the pitch plays keep ball and when instructed, the other team runs on to try and steal the ball and score.

The team on the pitch plays keep ball and when instructed, the other team runs on to try and steal the ball and score.


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