Week of October 18

Coaches

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NON-DIRECTIONAL POSSESSION EXERCISES

4v2 Rondo

Split your team into groups of 6, with two players set as defenders and 4 attackers. Adjust the size of the area depending on age and ability.

The attackers will try and get as many passes in a row without the defenders win possession. 

For every 5 passes, the attackers get a point and every time the defenders win possession of the ball they get a point. Switch the defenders every couple of minutes.

If the attackers are becoming comfortable with keeping the ball then you can challenge them by limiting their touches.


Progression:
The exercise is the same but now when the defenders win the ball, they must make 2 passes to get a point, which means that when the attackers lose the ball, they must work quickly to win the ball back. Once they have won the ball back, they continue with keeping the ball.


Coaching Points:
• Weight and accuracy of pass into the correct foot depending on pressure
• Speed of movement to support player on the ball (read the body language of the player passing the ball and move quickly to support teammate)
• Maintain diamond shape with two options for the player on either side of the ball and the player opposite looking to split the two defenders
• In the progression, react quickly and work hard to win the ball back in order to limit the opponent’s time on the ball and continue with their own possession
• Communication


Rondo Variation
Continuing with the theme of rondos, this one will focus on getting the ball into an area of the field where there is less pressure.


Set up the field as shown below with two identical areas set up next to each other and a 3-4 yard gap in between. Adjust the size of the area depending on the age and skill level of your players. One area will have a 4v2 and the other area will have just one player in it.

The attackers in the area with the 4v2 will try to make at least 3 passes and then pass the ball across to the player in the other area. A point is scored for the attacking team every time the ball is passed across to the player in the other area. The defenders score a point by winning the ball and making two passes. If the attackers lose the ball, they must win the ball back and restart the rondo.

Three of the players in the original rondo now have to transition across to the next square along with the two defenders to create a new 4v2. Again, after at least 3 passes, the ball can be passed across to the area that has one attacker in it.

Progression:
The attackers can pass the ball across to the player in the other area whenever they want in order to encourage decision-making as it may be appropriate to pass the ball across straight away or it may need a few passes to open up the space to do this.
 

Coaching Points:
• Weight and accuracy of pass into the correct foot depending on pressure
• Speed of movement to support player on the ball (read the body language of the player passing the ball and move quickly to support teammate)
• Maintain diamond shape with two options for the player either side of the ball and the player opposite looking to split the two defenders
• React quickly to win the ball back when possession is lost
• Communication


Three Team Possession Game
This is a great exercise to use regularly as it allows your players to get confidence on the ball whilst also under a little bit of pressure. There are plenty of opportunities for decision-making in this exercise as well.

Split your group into 3 teams with different color pinnies for each team.

One team will defend and the other two will work together to keep possession of the ball. The attacking teams get a point every time they reach 10 passes and the defending team will gain a point every time they win the ball and get it under control. 

Every 30 seconds – 1 minute, the coach will shout out a different color and that team becomes the defending team.


Progression:
Now, rather than the coach shouting out a color, the team that loses possession or kicks the ball out of play becomes the defending team. Every time 10 passes are made, the two teams that worked together gain a point each.


Coaching Points:
• Weight and accuracy of pass into the correct foot depending on pressure
• Try to receive on back foot as much as possible, make sure that the body position is open, which will allow the player to see more of the field
• Look over the shoulder to see where the space is before receiving the pass
• Communication


Penetration and Possession Game
A very important aspect of possession soccer is developing the understanding of when to maintain possession and when to try penetrate to score.


Split your group into two teams and assign two of the players to be neutrals. In the middle of your field there will be two triangles as shown below in orange.

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