Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Possession Games, Vol. 1 (Start Time: 2013-10-08 16:05:00)

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Mike Rogers
Name: Mike Rogers
City: High Point
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2+2s

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2v2+2s

2 teams of 4 (each with 2 inside players and 2 ouside players across from each other) compete to possess against each other. Both teams must score by receiving the ball from one of their outside players and successfully getting the ball to their teammate on the opposite side of the grid without losing possession. They continually maintain possession back the other way after finding an endline player.

With the outside players being crossways and the lengths not being the same, there is constant transition and adjustment of shape inside the grid.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Total Chaos

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Total Chaos

2 teams of 2 compete to possess against each other while another 2 teams teams compete against them crossways. That is, one game of 2v2 between neutrals is going on one way while the other 2v2 game is played simultaneously in the crossing directions. All teams must score by receiving the ball from a neutral on one end and successfully getting the ball to the neutral on the opposite side of the grid without losing possession. They continually maintain possession back the other way after finding an endline player. Teams only use the neutrals at the top and bottom of their game.

Greens vs Yellows is vertical while Blues vs Blacks is horizontal.

Players are in constant states of transition and must keep the ball moving very quickly.

With the outside players being crossways and the lengths not being the same, there is constant transition and adjustment of shape inside the grid.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Offset 5v3

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Offset 5v3

2 teams of 5 fight to keep possession. Each team has 3 of their players inside of the grid while the other 2 are together on one side of the grid. The 3 players inside the grid use their 2 outside players to create a 5v3 possession scenario. Play is live, so the defending team immediately begins keeping possession in their own 5v3 scenario upon winning the ball.

I often use this as a warmup for matches. I have the 2 outside players on each side be side-by-side players from my back 4 (left back and left center back together on one side, right siders on the other). I find it replicates the game well in them being a bit deeper than the fray and looking to keep the ball moving and organize things. The outside players can move anywhere they want to on their line. Inside players can block passes and passing lanes from the outside players, but not steal the ball from them.

For scoring, I usually go with the following:

-6 passes equals a point (passes between outside players is permitted, but doesn`t count in the build up number)

-1 point for passes that split 2 of the defenders


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Offset 4v2

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Offset 4v2

2 teams of 4 fight to keep possession. Each team has 2 of their players inside of the grid while the other 2 are on adjacent sides of the grid. The 2 players inside the grid use their 2 outside players to create a 4v2 possession scenario. Play is live, so the defending team immediately begins keeping possession in their own 4v2 scenario upon winning the ball.

The outside players can move anywhere they want on their line. Inside players can block passes and passing lanes from the outside players, but not steal the ball from them.

For scoring, I usually go with the following:

-6 passes equals a point (passes between outside players count in the build up number)

-1 point for passes that split the 2 defenders


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4+3

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4v4+3

2 teams of 4 (Greens & Blacks) compete to possess the ball with 3 neutrals (Blues), 1 inside the grid and 2 at opposite ends. The endline neutrals can move anywhere along their lines they want and the inside neutral can freely move throughout the grid. Outside players from the competing teams can freely move along their half of the line (separated by a cone) and their inside players can move freely. Outside players cannot have the ball stolen from them, but passes can be blocked.

Many variations can be played. Outside players can enter the grid on the dribble (and be replaced on the line by teammates), teams can compete to maintain possession from outside neutral to outside neutral, players can be told not to pass it to the player who played it to them, teams can aim to reach the most consecutive passes during one possession, etc. Creativity is the point!

My favorite way to play it is to have teams score by receiving the ball from one endline neutral and finding the other one without losing possession. Immediately upon receiving the final pass for the point, the neutral player must begin possession the other way for the team just scored upon.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3+4

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3v3+4

2 teams of 3 (Blues & Yellows) compete to possess with the help of 4 neutrals (Blacks on endlines, Greens on sidelines). The teams score by receiving the ball from one endline neutral (Black) to the opposite without losing possession. The Green players on the sideline are neutrals that can only be used by the inside players from the 2 teams. They cannot directly play to or receive from the endling neutrals. The restriction on the neutrals forces the teams to try to create good depth and heighth to play.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v1to6v2

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1 team of 5 players (Blues) competes with a team of 2 players (Greens), both with the help of one neutral (Black) who is always inside the grid. When Greens have the ball, they maintain possession against the 1 inside Blue along with the neutral Black, creating a 3v1 inside the grid. If the Blue wins the ball, he immediately begins to maintain possession with his 4 teammates and the neutral Black, creating a 6v2.

Greens score a point after every 6 pass sequence. Blues score a point for every 6 passes and a point for every time the inside Blue and the neutral Black connect a pass inside. Ouside Blues can pass to each other, but only passes ACROSS the grid between outside Blues count in the passing count.

I like to progress to allow the Blues only to score by receiving it from one end and successfully going across without losing the ball.


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