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Pure Possession with Targets

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session is pure possession using outside and target players. Maintaining possession, using the outside players and creating opportunities to play forward passes.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Players are divided into two teams. The size of the pitch is dependent on the coach and the number of players involved
  • 4 players on positioned on the outside and can work up and down their side to support the ball
  • If there is an uneven number of players then one team can have an overload and this can be changed throughout the session or use only 3 players on the outside
  • To score a goal a team must make a specific number of consecutive passes for example, 6 completed passes is a goal. A pass played to and from the outside players do not count as a pass they are used to maintain possession
  • The players outside only have 2 touches
  • Conditions can be changed in order to challenge the players
  • After a set period of time players on the outside change with players in the middle

Progressions

  • Restriction on the number of touches inside the area
  • The ball can not stop with the players on the outside using 2 touches
  • Restrict the touches for the outside players to 1 touch
  • Change the number of consecutive passes required to score a goal
  • Within the number of passes required to make every player on the outside must make a pass for the goal to count

Coaching Points

  • Tempo and quality of passing
  • Awareness and movement to receive the ball
  • Awareness and movement to create space for other players
  • Timing of movement
  • Angle of support
  • 1st touch to open out
  • Awareness and decision making for next action

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • A goal can also be scored when a 1-2 (1 touch from the outside) is played around a player from the opposition. Then a successful pass is completed

Progression

  • As within the previous session

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous session
  • Supporting angle to play a 1-2
  • Decision when to play and when not to play
  • Angle of support
  • Weight of pass
  • Timing of movement

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As within the previous sessions
  • Two of the target players are now brought inside to support the team in possession
  • The target players inside are restricted to 1 touch
  • A goal is scored when the ball is worked from 1 outside target player to the other outside target player. The ball can not go directly from 1 target player to the other

Progression

  • Restrict touches inside the area for players
  • Restrict the outside players to 1 touch
  • The player who played the ball out to the outside player can not receive the ball back straight away
  • Both inside target players must make a pass before the ball can be played to the other outside target player

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous sessions
  • Supporting the player on the ball
  • Timing of runs forward
  • Recognizing and exploiting the overload

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Pure Possession

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session is pure possession. As the sessions develop conditions are set for different ways to score a goal. This is will challenge the players, encourage them to think, be creative and be adaptable.  It is important to emphasis that the team out of possession must work hard when defending.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Players are divided into two teams. The size of the pitch is dependent on the coach and the number of players involved
  • If there is an uneven number of players then one team can have an overload and this can be changed throughout the session
  • In this particular game a goal is scored by a number of consecutive passes made.
  • For example:
    • 1st Game 6 passes is a goal
    • 2nd Game 8 passes is a goal
    • The highest number of consecutive passes made in one go (team with the highest after a set period of time wins)
  • If one team has an overload that team can be restricted to a specific number of touches, whereas the team with less players can have unlimited touches

Progressions

  • Change the size of area
  • The number of touches available

Coaching Points

  • Bigger pitch in possession / Smaller pitch out of possession
  • Tempo and quality of passing
  • Decision when to pass and when to run with the ball
  • Movement to receive the ball, angles of support
  • Opening up / taking the ball on the back foot to open up the pitch
  • Change of pace with the next movement
  • Out of possession: pressure on the ball

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • The conditions for scoring. Playing a combination which include:
    Playing a 1-2 around a defender
    (Then completing a successful pass)
    A player receiving the ball on an overlap
    (Then completing a successful pass)
    2 Players combining with a take over
    (Then completing a successful pass)
  • See Diagram 2

Progression

  • As within the previous session

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous session
  • Supporting angle to play a 1-2
  • Timing of run and weight of pass for overlapping player

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • A goal is scored through a ‘Jack’s’ / ‘Sids’ allowing the ball to run through, then spin to receive the next pass.

Progression

  • As within the previous session
  • A completed pass must be made after the ‘Jack’s / ‘Sids’ received
  • Scoring through a set number of passes, combinations and ‘Jack’s

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous sessions
  • Timing of movement down the line of the pass
  • Awareness of supporting player to ‘Jacks’ / ‘Sids’
  • Supporting player to receive the pass
  • Movement to receive the next pass
  • Communication ‘Jacks’ / ‘Sids’
  • 3rd player to support maintaining possession

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed