Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Possession & Pressing Practice

Profile Summary

Chris Roberts
Name: Chris Roberts
City: Edinburgh
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


An excellend practice to work on possession, pressing and transition. You can alter the conditions of the practice to suit the age and stage of the players you work with. Please allow an adequate recovery in between rotations as it can be a shift for the defending team

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Possession and Pressing

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Possession and Pressing
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Possession and Pressing

Possession & Pressing practice

Set Up

6 greens keep possession of the ball inside the marked area (size depends on age and stage)

The green team can score points in 2 ways. (1) - 5 passes = 1 point (2) - scoring a goal on the 5th pass = 2points. The shot can only be taken on the 5th pass and must be from inside the marked area. If a 6th pass is made that counts as one point and the pass counter continues from 1 again.

The blue team work in groups of 3 to press. Once the 3 that are pressing have (a) - won the ball and made a pass to another blue (b) won the ball and scored (c) made 2 consecutive touches on the ball while pressing they rotate out and the new group of 3 become the pressing team.

Focus on transition from attack to defence and defence to attack with every turn over in possession.

When the ball leaves the marked area the coach marked in black plays a new ball into the attacking team.

Work for 3 minutes with a 2 minute recovery and repeat twice accumulating scores throughout.

Coaching points

In Possession

- Movement and timing to give options.

- Composure on the ball

- Weight, timing and accuracy of pass

Awareness and body shape when receiving (especially on the 5th pass when they can score 2 points)


- Nearest presses

- Shut off 1 side of the marked area

- 2 player supports and 3rd player shuts off switch

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