This is a directional possession or wave practice. The session aims to encourage players to control the ball in an overload situation with quick combination play and accurate passing. Defenders are tasked with pressing outnumbered, winning the ball and trying to score before transitioning to possession and supporting their team mates.
About the Video
In the video below, Dave 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: 8 – 14
Practice Type: Positional Game
Pitch Size: 30 x 20
Timing: 20 mins
Age Group: U10+
Interpreting the Diagrams
The key below outlines what the images mean on the diagrams.
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Key For Diagrams
To encourage players to control the ball in an overload. Defenders tasked with pressing outnumbered, winning the ball and scoring.
Set up pitch with 4 mini goals and 2 halves. If you have uneven numbered, use a neutral player as pictured. The coach passes the ball into the possession team (blue). They aim to keep the ball 6v3 for as long as possible. Reds aim to press and score in the red goals. If reds are successful, the coach serves a ball into the opposite end (red half) and players transition to the opposite end. Reds now try to keep the ball, blues press 3v6 and try to score in the blue goals.
Observations & Interventions
What you might see
- Players rushing in possession.
- Slow transition when winning or losing the ball
Actions you might take
- Encourage players to enjoy the ball, take a touch and draw the press
- Restrict players with a time limit to get into the other half to either support in possession or press as a team.
- 8 = 4v4 (4v2)
- 9 = 4v4+1 (5v2)
- 10 = 5v5 (5v3)
- 12 = 6v6 (6v3)
- 13 = 6v6+1 (7v4)
- 14 = 7v7 (7v4)
- 15 = 7v7+1 (8v4)
- 16 = 8v8 (8v5)
Is the session too easy?
- Make the space smaller
- Add an extra defender
Is the session too hard?
- Make the space bigger
- Add a neutral player for team in possession
- Reduce the number of defenders
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