This session is about keeper distribution and retaining possession by building play from the back. It mimics short passes to centrebacks and midfield players, low driven and chipped passes to full-backs and wide midfielders, and longer passes to centre-forwards and wide attackers MORE
Over the Border
The teams start in opposite countries (end zones) with each player, numbered from 1 to 6, passing in order (1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and so on).
At any point the coach can shout out a number and the player with that number must sprint across the border and try to steal the opponent’s ball. Both players go across at the same time.
The remaining players do not have to pass in sequence but must retain possession.
The first player to win the ball or knock it out of the opponent’s country wins a point and both players return home to restart the sequence.
Ensure that all numbers are called but don’t be predictable. The same number could go twice in a row.
The first team to ten points wins.
Short passing, receiving passes, quick play, closing down, defending, intercepting passes.
Area: 50×25 yard area with 10 yard end zones
Players: 12, 2 teams of 6
Equipment: 2 balls
What To Call Out
“Support your team mates”
“Have a good first touch”
Call two numbers at a time to practice defending in pairs.
Alternatively, put restrictions on the number of touches allowed for the passing players.
If one team dominates the other then restrict the number of touches allowed for just that team or swap personnel between the teams.