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5 vs 2 - Ball possession to 3 teams

5 vs 2 - Ball possession to 3 teams

  • Markers to delimit the area
  • 10 vests (5 red and 5 yellow)
  • Sufficient balls for continuity
  • Playing area: 42x15 meters
  • Players: 15
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Series: 3 series of 4 minutes with a 1 minute pause of recovery between series
Summary Secondary Objectives
Small sided game with ball possession useful to train pressing and powerplay situations
Oriented control, Losing your marker, Pass, Marking, Intercepting, Transitions

Form a 42x15 meters area and divide it into 3 zones. The two external zones should be 20x15 meters each, while the central one is 2x15 meters sized. Arrange 5 players with red vests against 2 players with white vest inside of one of the 20x15 areas and give 1 ball to the red team. On the other 20x15 meters area place 5 players with yellow vests. In the central area place 3 player with white vests.

  • On coach starting signal the red team starts possessing the ball against the white team, a 5v2 is developed.
  • The objective of the team with ball possession is to perform 5 consecutive passes being intercepted by the opponents
  • If the team with ball possession performs 5 passes, they can pass the ball to the team on the external zone (See picture) and two players that are on the central zone move inside the other area trying to regain the ball
  • If the team without ball regain it, the 3 teammates who are on the central zone move inside one of the larger areas to support ball possession, while 3 players from the team that has lost possession move into the central area and the other two players remain inside becoming defenders


Coaching Points
  • Create possession triangles, o avoid opponents
  • Work on reaction to negative transition, once the player loses the ball, the closest player to the ball, presses the opponent while teammates get closer
  • Work on the distances between players
  • Work on body positioning during reception, it should always be facing the widest part of the field
  • Encourage the give and go: After playing the ball to a teammate, the player keeps running to a free space an receive the ball again
  • Minimum ideal unity: The player that has the ball must always have available at least 2 teammates that can guarantee him a pass at any time
  • The player that is closer to the one with the ball must choose what to do, approaching or moving to depth, activating consequently the relative movement of teammates
  • Encourage players to perform the counter movement to lose the marker and the consequent reception of the ball
  • To maintain a continuous mobility and keep the propper staggering, two close players who are on the same line either vertical or horizontal have to move, creating diagonal lines
  • Adapt the field sizes according to players age and technical level

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