Week of August 30

Coaches

Continuing the idea of possession- here's a couple of exercises that you could use this week-

Possession Exercises 1 
 

Exercise 1 (play the way you face): ball circulation – 1











 






 

Set-up and sequence: 7 players (3 reds with the ball and 4 blacks without) are placed inside a rectangular area and they dribble and run freely. 3 of the 4 black players receive a pass from the reds following the coach signal (a whistle, as instance – 1) and the fourth without possession must move to be an easy passing option for one of the receivers (2), passing again to a red player to complete the sequence (3). He should be placed in front of the teammates who had to change space to receive, as in the picture. The others in possession of the ball must dribble it till the sequence must be started again.

Coaching points: move without the ball, move properly to be an easy and quick passing option.

Exercise 2 (play the way you face): ball circulation under pressure – 1


















 

Set-up and sequence: 8 players (3 reds with the ball, 4 blacks without and 1 yellow defender) are placed inside a rectangular area and they dribble and run freely. 3 of the 4 black players (one of them is under the pressure of a defender) receive a pass from the reds following the coach signal (a whistle, as instance – 1) and the fourth without possession must move to be an easy passing option for the teammate who receives under pressure (2), passing again to a red player to complete the sequence (3). He should be placed in front of the teammates who had to change space to receive because of the opposition pressure, as in the picture. The others in possession of the ball must dribble it till the sequence must be started again.

Coaching points: move without the ball, control and receive under pressure, move properly to be an easy and quick passing option for a teammate under pressure.
 

Exercise 3 (play the way you face): ball circulation – 2













 




 

Set-up and sequence: 10 players (4 blacks, 4 yellows and 2 reds) are placed inside a rectangular area that is divided into 5 zones, as in the picture. 1 v 1 duels are played inside the corner zones and the red players are free to receive and pass all over the middle area, being an easy passing options for the players of the possession team. The ball must circulate among the outer areas, through the red players, passing vertically or on diagonals. When all the players of a color have touched the ball together with the reds, the team gains 1 point.

Coaching points: ball circulation, play out from the pressure, be an easy passing option.
 

Exercise 4 (play the way you face): ball circulation under pressure – 2


















 

 

Set-up and sequence: this exercise is a variation of the previous one. 10 players (5 blacks and 5 yellows) are placed inside a rectangular area that is divided into 5 zones as in the picture. 1 v 1 duels are played inside the corner zones and in the middle area, where the players must be easy passing options for the outer teammates. The ball must circulate among the outer areas, through the center one, passing and receiving vertically or on diagonals; the ball must always circulate through the center and directly from an outer area to another. The center players must have link role. When all the players of a color have touched the ball together with the reds, the team gains 1 point.

Coaching points: ball circulation, play out from the pressure, be an easy passing option.

 

Jason

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