Encourage your players to link up and support out wide in three different ways. By JOHN WILLIAMS MORE
This is a great session for getting players to pass with accuracy and speed when under pressure which means on match days they are able to keep hold of the ball when pressed by the opposition.
The session involves players being put under pressure, making quick decisions in tight areas and then trying to think ahead and reacting quickly to changing situations.
You need balls, bibs and cones. Set up Set up a grid of four 10×10-yard boxes with a central 2×2-yard diamond. We used 12 players in the session.
Start with four defenders in the central diamond, a possession team of four in one box, and another team of four split amongst the three remaining boxes. The possession team must try to string five passes together under pressure from one of the defenders, who joins from the central diamond. When they have achieved five passes, the possession team pass into one of the other three squares, where the other team of four join together to play against a new defender from the central area. The original possession team disperse to the three unoccupied squares, and the first defender returns to the central diamond. Play continues in the same manner. The defending team perform that role for two minutes before swapping with another team. To intensify the pace, progress the activity by asking the possession team to play into another square after just three passes, but the transferring pass must be first time.
The possession players need to concentrate and show you they are technically good. Their passing has to be accurate and precise. They also have to think ahead, knowing where they are going to play the ball before they receive it. The defenders have to use a high tempopress and be prepared towork hard in short bursts.