INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Try the triangle

Playing in triangles with three players gives the one in possession good passing options and helps the team maintain possession.

What this session is about

  1. Passing.
  2. Receiving.
  3. Maintaining possession.

What to think about

Players must hone these techniques:

  • Passing – concentrate on the weight and accuracy of the pass.
  • Receiving – half turn the body, let the ball travel across the body to the back foot, “cushion” the ball into space but keep it within playing distance.
  • Checking – move at an angle away from the ball then double-back quickly into the space created.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split your squad into groups of three. Put each player on a cone, 10 yards apart, with other players waiting behind, as shown in the top picture.

Using two-touch and moving the ball anticlockwise, players pass to outside of the cones so the receiving player can control the ball around to the other side of the cone and make the next pass.

Once a player has completed their pass, they move to the back of their own line. Repeat the drill but in the opposite direction.

To progress, after passing, each player runs forward, following their pass to join the back of the next group.

To progress again, make the triangle bigger, about 15 yards between each point. This time the players dribble the ball a short distance before following their pass.

Three players receive and then pass a ball in a triangle.

Three players receive and then pass a ball in a triangle.


Development

Use three teams of three players with one ball per team. Each group passes a ball between its players but must keep constantly moving around the area.

To progress, teams can now kick the other teams’ balls out of the area, as shown in the middle picture. The last team still in possession of its ball is the winner.

Three teams of three pass a ball between themselves while on the move and try to kick other teams’ balls out of the area.

Three teams of three pass a ball between themselves while on the move and try to kick other teams’ balls out of the area.


Game situation

Play 3v3 in the same size area – allow the third team to rest or, if you have enough players, set up more 3v3 games.

Teams score by stopping the ball on the opponent’s end line, as shown in the bottom picture.

This game will encourage good close control, and progress up the pitch in triangles will be the natural form for teams to take.

Play the best two teams in a final to see who wins.

The objective of this 3v3 game is to use triangles to pass the ball up to, and control it on, the opposite end line.

The objective of this 3v3 game is to use triangles to pass the ball up to, and control it on, the opposite end line.


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