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2 vs 2: combination play, supporting and depth

2 vs 2: combination play, supporting and depth

  • 4 markers 
  • Sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • 4 vests
  • Playing area: 12x12 meters
  • Players: 8
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Series: 4 of 2 minutes with 1 minute of active recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
How to train possession in tight spaces stimulating passing and supporting
Peripheral vision, Oriented control, Losing your marker, Pass, Intercepting, Creating width and depth, Mobility, Depth, Support, Support, Pass back, Threaded pass, defense splitting pass, Transitions

Place the players inside the square, 4 players stay inside and play 2 vs 2 and 4 players stay on the sides (one on each side of the square). Each sideline player, plays together with the player on the opposite side. 

  • The 4 players inside the square are split into 2 teams of 2 players
  • One team attempts to keep possession and move the ball from one sideline bouncer to the other on the opposite side (Playing North to South)
  • If the other team wins possession they attempt to do the same with their sideline bouncers but playing East to West.
  • The sessions takes 2 minutes interspersed with active recovery


  • If the ball gets through to the sideline bouncer without losing possession, the team obtains one point
  1. 2 touches max. allowed for the inside players
  2. Sideline bouncers forced to perform oriented ball control
Coaching Points
  • With this kind of exercise we can instill essential concepts for possession. By taking as reference point the two sides of the team, we can give a direction to the game instilling concepts such as combination play, supporting, playing with width and depth
  • Foster passing and controlling especially for the sideline bouncers who have more time 
  • Encourage the players to pass vertically quickly
  • The inside players have to give a passing option to the ball carrier
  • Modify the field sizes according to the technical capability of the players

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