Ball possession tips

Pass the ball to your teammates to stay in possession

Younger players usually want to attack the opponent’s goal at every opportunity. This enthusiasm is good for young players, but can often affect the team’s rhythm, because every player who receives the ball wants to dribble or run immediately in search of the goal.

To counteract this, you should teach your players to remain in possession and wait for the right space and time to attack. Young players often try to break through the pressure, instead of turning around and quickly return to a teammate in space.

By passing the ball from side to side, your team will keep your opponent on the run. This will eventually tire them out or create opportunities for attack.

How to play it

Use half of your normal pitch with four players and two servers as shown in the top picture.

The players are constantly turning away from the direction of the attack and play the ball on the pitch to remain patient and keep the ball.

This process is called “recycling” the ball – when a team turns away from an opponent and wants to attack in a new area.

At the beginning one server goes to a wide defender and runs to pressure, the defender turns away from pressure and goes through the defense.

The defenders continue to pass until the opposing defender receives the ball. This defender goes to the server on his side.

The server repeats the process of returning to a broad defender and putting pressure on.

How to develop it

Divide your players into two teams.

In this example, we have seven pages in an area that has two end zones – as shown in the middle image – but adjust the size of the area according to the number of players.

Each team attacks the opponent’s end zone, defending their own.

Goals are scored driving the ball into the opponent’s end zone.

Being in possession, the team must constantly keep the ball moving to tire the opponents and create an opportunity to attack.

You can use different rules to improve your team’s patience and ball possession.

Reduce the number of player touches in your possession.

Include a neutral player who overloads the team in possession.

Give a free kick to the opposing team if the player does not turn away from the pressure to stay in possession.

Situation in the game – 15 minutes

Play a one-sided game in an area divided into three zones, as shown in the bottom picture.

Each team has a “free zone”, which is its defensive area. Players cannot face opponents here.

The game resumes with a pass when the ball leaves the court. This rule aims to encourage teams to “recycle” the ball, remaining patient and playing backwards to stay away from the opposition.

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