This practice is designed to provide players with the opportunities to practice their passing and receiving skills under defensive pressure.
About the Video
In the video below, Dan will talk you through the structure of the practice, various outcomes and how you can adapt it for your players.
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Topic: Controlling Possession
No. of Players: 11 – 22
Practice Type: 4v4+3
Pitch Size: 20 x 14
Timing: 15 mins
Age Group: U9+
Interpreting the Diagrams
The key below outlines what the images mean on the diagrams.
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Key For Diagrams
This practice is designed to provide players with the opportunities to practice their passing and receiving skills under defensive pressure. The game is 4 v 4 (blue vs yellow) with 3 supporting players (red) playing with team in possession. The attacking team are encouraged to maintain possession of the ball and the defending team are encouraged to press to get possession of the ball.
Set up a rectangular shaped playing area with all players playing inside the area. The ball starts with a support player (red) at either end of the playing area, and play is live from their first touch (pass or touch out of feet). In the figure to the right the reds and blues play together controlling possession of the ball. The yellow team press collectively together to steal the ball and immediately look to control possession with the red players in support. It is recommended consideration is given to where players are positioned within the game, for example the the red players may be a CB with the ball, a CM in the middle, and FW at the top other side of the playing area.
Observations & Interventions
What you might see
- The speed of the defenders pressing the ball slowing down
Actions you might take
- Adjust the work : rest ratios to allow for shorter works bouts and longer rest.
Is the session too easy?
- Reduce the size of the playing area
Is the session too hard?
- Increase the size of the playing area
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