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Work hard to win the ball

Working hard to win possession and then keeping the ball for your team.

What this session is about

When the opponents have the ball your team has no option but to work hard in order to win back possession. Therefore, it is vitally important that you keep the ball when you are in possession.

What to think about

  •  To warm up have the players work on passing and receiving skills before moving on to dribbling skills. Dribbling and passing are two ways you keep possession in football so this will prepare them for the session ahead.
  •   Trying to win the ball back on individually can be hard work so players benefit from taking a rest in the larger area after they have chased the ball down.

Set-up

  •  10×10 yard inside area, 20×20 outside area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Four attackers go into the 10x10yd area, the defender must try to pressure the attackers and win the ball.

If successful, the defender must pass the ball out to a team mate and then go to take their place. The team mate receiving dribbles into the area.

The attacker that lost the ball must now defend and try to win the ball back.

One defender tries to win the ball back in the central area.

One defender tries to win the ball back in the central area.


Development

Play 4 attackers v 2 defenders in the smaller central area.

If the 2 players win the ball, can they pass out to their team mates?

Now the game is 6v4 in the larger area.

If the 4 players win possession the game restarts in the central area with the players rotating roles.

The two defenders win the ball from the attackers in the small area 2v4 ...

The two defenders win the ball from the attackers in the small area 2v4 ...


Game situation

Play a small sided game. Look what happens when possession is lost.

Do the players react quickly?

On regaining possession do players give the ball away cheaply?

…and the game becomes 6v4 in the larger area.

…and the game becomes 6v4 in the larger area.


What to call out

  •  “React to losing possession”
  •  “Can you win the ball back?”
  •  “Keep the ball”
  •  “Make 3 quick passes”
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