If you want to see how your players could perform in a midfield sweeper role, use this realistic session to help them become comfortable playing in tight areas. MORE
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
- Passing to maintain possession.
- Receiving the ball.
- 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.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
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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.
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.
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.