EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Possession in overloads

In this small sided game ball possession is key with overloads in the attackers favour – teams get plenty of chances to create goals.

Why use it

One of the key moments in a possession game is being able to use the ball and create goal scoring chances. It is easy to just keep the ball and neglect the principles of attack

Set up

> You need balls, bibs, cones and a normal goal.
> Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards up to 40 x 25 yards.
> The pitch is divided into two attacking zones either side of a midzone.
> Two mini target goals in each attacking zone
> Two teams of four players.
> One team work as the attackers.
> One team split into two pairs and work as the defenders in each attacking zone.

How to do it

> The aim of the game is to try and score as many goals as possible against the defenders.
> The attacking team has 10 consecutive attacks, 5 at each end.
> After each attack, the players turn and receive a new ball from the coach.
> When the 10 attacks are completed, the score is counted and the roles are reversed.

Technique

Key points are:
> Accuracy of the shot – get it on target.
> Movement of the support players.
> Combination play to create chances.
> Switch play to find the space.

Score in overloads

    1. The attacking team start with the ball in the central zone
    2. Players should be aware of the position of the defenders and the two goals

Attack the goal

    The attacking team combines to attack one set of goals and create chances to score
    Players can dribble on their own if there is space to do so and drive into an area where they can score a goal

Attacking at both ends

    5. The team then attacks the opposite end switching play to find the space.
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