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Positional ball possession 5 versus 3 with 2 goals

Positional ball possession 5 versus 3 with 2 goals

 
Goal
Equipment
  • 4 poles
  • 3 vests (red in illustration)
  • Balls
  • Markers
Preparation
  • Playing area: 25 x 30 yards
  • Players: 8
  • Duration: 20'
  • Numbers of series: 5 of 3' each (with passive recovery of 1' after each series)
Summary Secondary Objectives
Drill to improve ball possession and quick ball recovery
Visual perception, Oriented control, Losing your marker, Pass, Receiving and shielding of the ball, Possession triangles, Once the ball is lost - Attack the ball, Pressing, Transitions
Organization
Arrange a pitch of 30 x 25 yards and place, on the short sides, 2 small goals (8 yards), made with 2 poles. Set to teams, one made of 5 players (white), the other one of 3 (red). In the 5 players team, place the players where they usually play. As illustrated, the 5 players team can count on 2 wide players (back wingers or forward wingers), on one low vertex (central midfielder or centre-back), a high vertex and a centre-middlefielder (playmaker or 'Fake 9').
Description
  • Players in numerical superiority must keep ball possession freeing the passing-lines
  • the 3 players in red will try to intercept the ball and bring it beyond the goal-line (carrying the ball across one of the 2 goals)
  • After 3 goals in the 2 goals, players in red will switch role (and vest) with 3 players of the white team

 

Rules
  • 3 ball touches are allowed to the players in numerical superiority who must keep ball possession
  • Free ball touches for the players in red, trying to conquer the ball
  • When each series ends, switch 3 players per team
Variations
  1. Insert one more player (as a low vertex) to play a '6 vs 3'
  2. Make the pitch bigger size, to transform the drill in a high intensity training session
  3. Give one point to the team in numerical superiority when the ball recovery is done within 5 seconds after its loss
  4. Give one point to the team in numerical superiority every time it makes 10 passes in a row without interception by opponents
Coaching Points
  1. Incite the players to free as more passing-lines as possible for the ball-holder, paying attention to body orientation and to getting away from markers and looking for free spaces
  2. Teach your players to attack the ball-holder through a reasoned pressing, a team-organized pressure, not individually
  3. Verify that the technical gesture of the pass is effective, and accomplished with high intensity
  4. Verify the reaction to positive and negative transitions of both teams: it has to be the fastest (reaction, adjustment, execution)

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