Possession

Possession specific training drills are important for players in developing their ability on the ball. Maintaining possession has become increasingly common within the modern game with more and more teams wanting to dominate opponents. It’s effective in luring opponents out of positions which can be exploited by attackers, as well as tiring out opponents by making them cover more ground defensively. However, it can be risky approach to adopt, especially within the defensive areas of the pitch, so it’s essential players are confident and have ability on the ball to keep possession well.

Utilising Possession specific training drills within training sessions can help increase a player confidence on the ball, whilst also allowing teams to adopt a more attractive playing style over time.

We have a range of possession specific training drills for every position! Take a look below for drills you can utilise within your own training sessions!

Rondos Part 2: Different Style Rondos

Rondos Part 2: Different Style Rondos

Adjust the area to meet your desired outcomes. 3 equal teams if possible, adjust if needed. Deploy the defending team in the centre circle. The diagram shows the blues 4v2 against the whites. The blues must complete 8 passes before passing to either of the yellows in...

Rondos Part 1

Rondos Part 1

Deploy three players in the middle of the centre circle with the rest of the team/squad around the outside. Players on the outside play off one touch. The three players in the middle try to regain the ball. If successful they join the outside players. The player who...

Purposeful Possession

Purposeful Possession

Coaching Pointers Dispersal: Length, width and depth. Support: Always be available. Forward, inside and backwards options. Movement: Become a free man. Penetration: Think forward, try to play forward. Security: Thinking about regaining possession whilst in possession....

Even More Possession Ideas

Even More Possession Ideas

This week we have even more possession ideas for your training sessions. To find our latest deals you can visit our website homepage. Directional Structure -Set up the area depending on your outcome. Rules -Blues and whites fighting in the middle. -The game is played...

More Possession Ideas for Coaches

More Possession Ideas for Coaches

Gates Structure Set up the area depending on your outcome. Rules Blues and whites fighting in the middle. Play for time or play for points. A player in possession of the ball must release the ball through a gate for a team mate. If a player on the same team receives...

Possession Ideas for Coaches

Possession Ideas for Coaches

Session 1. Structure Set up the area depending on your outcome. Rules 4v4 in the middle. The team that makes the highest amount of consecutive passes in the middle wins. If the blues make 6 passes and lose possession, the target to then beat for the yellows is 6. If...

Possession In The Final Third

Possession In The Final Third

Practice 1. Structure Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. Play around with various formations. Rules The attackers  collect a ball and attack the goal. They obviously are trying to score in the goal. If the defenders win...

More Possession Games

More Possession Games

The possession games below will help your team retain possession of the ball, even while under pressure. Drill 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. -Good ball supply Rules: -Two teams battle in the middle....

Possession Games With A Twist

Possession Games With A Twist

Help your team learn to gain and retain possession with these training drills brought to you by the coach of Watford U15's. Drill 1.  -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. Rules: -Two teams fight in the middle for...

Breaking Lines

Breaking Lines

This training session is inspired by Bayern Munich last year in the UCL. Drill 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above, vary the size of the playing area depending on numbers and ability. Rules: -The two whites in the middle try to keep possession of the ball. -The...

More Possession Ideas

More Possession Ideas

Channels  Structure: -Set up the area as above. -Notice the wide players in the wide channels.. Process: -Blues and whites aim to get the ball to their target players in the wide channels. -Once the wide players receives the ball, they provide a cross  for the team to...

Possession Ideas

Possession Ideas

Target Players Structure: -Set up the area as above. -Notice the target players on the outside. Process: -Blues and whites aim to get the ball to their target players on the outside. -If a player gets the ball to a target player that is a trigger, once they get the...

Intense Pressure

Intense Pressure

Structure: -Set up the area as above. Rules: -The whites keep possession of the ball against the blues. -The whites must play off 1 or 3 touches ONLY. -If blues win possession they can score in either of the goals. Progressions: -Change the player ratio’s. -Whites...

Risk or Retain Possession of the Ball

Risk or Retain Possession of the Ball

Session 1 Structure: - A grid as big or as small as you like depending on age/ability. -Two teams in the middle ready to compete. -One team act as bouncers on the outside. Rules: -The game is played for 3minutes. -The whites and yellows have to keep possession of the...

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