This is a practice drill designed to improve your
ability to keep possession. It is suitable for players with good ball
Split your players into two groups wearing two
coloured bibs, e.g. red and blue. The players jog around in half a small
soccer pitch, passing the ball from red to blue to red etc.
- Introduce a defender who
block the passes.
- Introduce a second defender and, if your players
still finding it easy to keep the ball from the defenders, add a third.
- Place a goal at one end of the playing area. The
possession can shoot once they have put five passes together.
Small-sided game 1
Play a small-sided game with the condition that
can only have three touches before they pass the ball. All restarts are
by the goalkeeper who has to roll the ball out.
Progression: move to two touch.
Small-sided game 2
In this small-sided game, use uneven
For example, 5v2 or 6v3. The team with the most players has to
complete five passes
before they can score. The team with fewer players can shoot as soon as they get
Progression: increase the number of passes required
and/or make the playing area smaller to increase the pressure.
- Stress the need for constant movement – no standing
still admiring your pass!
- Encourage players to find good angles of support– get
out of the defenders' shadows.
messages: Keep the ball! Relax, get your head up and
support your team mates.