A football session about holding the ball in different situations

The direction of modern football seems to be very much about making it as free and multi-dimensional as possible. The game is increasingly built around stopping the ball, excellent technique, rapid passing and the possibility of using wide open spaces on the pitch.

“Receive, pass, offer, receive, pass, offer” – this is how Barcelona Andres Iniesta recalls his football education.

And although few will repeat the achievements of this “Class A” student, the rules work for anyone who wants to maximize the game of possession with the greatest benefit.

This is because “receiving, serving and offering” is a way of playing that would benefit every youth team in the world – and this is something that you should try to get your team to do.

How to configure it:

Ideally, it is a session for 12 players.

Create a 20 square meter game area.

You will need balls, bibs, cones and goals.

First steps:

The session starts with a simple 2 in 1 challenge. To do this, divide your group into four sets of three players.

Two attacking players pass and move around the square, while the defender must try to win the ball. If he succeeds, he replaces one of the attacking players, who is now becoming a defender, and the game continues.

To get to this game, tell the two teams that each player can only touch the ball twice before they have to fold. When players consider the basics of the game, add more numbers to make it 3-on-2 or 4-on-2.

Session development:

Now go to 6 6. Zoom in to the square so that it is 25 x 25 meters.

You must place a player from each team on each outer edge of the square, from 2 to 2 in the middle of the square. The team that starts with the ball must keep it as long as possible, using their teammates on the edge of the square to construct two passes.

Any player who receives the ball on the sideline can either return it to a teammate or drop into the court. The player who passed it to must therefore take his place outside. Until possession is reversed, the team trying to win the ball must hold on to two working players.

Go to the game situation:

Build an overload of 6 4 – 4 4 in the middle, with two players outside the pitch who only play for the attacking team. This numerical advantage should make it easier for attacking players to pass the ball and approach the goal.

Play until the team scores three goals and then swap external players.

Why it works:

The goal of the session is to encourage players to hold the ball in many different situations.

If the teams master this skill, they will have a better chance of winning, but they have to move the ball to dangerous places, so the game with a small side successfully shows the real benefits of having the ball – namely scoring points goals