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Ball possession: From 4 vs 1 to 4 vs 4

Ball possession: From 4 vs 1 to 4 vs 4

  • Sufficient markers to outline the field
  • 4 vests (red in the picture)
  • Sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • Playing area: 25x25 meters
  • Players: 8
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Series: 2 series of 4 repetitions with 2 minutes of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Small sided game of ball possession to train lactacid physical workout and various technical and tactical skills
Stamina, Anaerobic power, Oriented control, Tackle (Challenge), Pass, Marking, Zone defensive, 4 versus 4

Form a 25x25 meters playing area using the markers. Arrange 4 players inside the square wearing white t-shirts against a red player. Another three red players stay outside the square. Give a ball to the white team.

  • The four players that wear white t-shirts must maintain possession for 1 minute against the four red players that get inside the square one at a time for 10 seconds until a 4vs4 is set
  • If red players recover the ball they must try to carry it outside of the square and the 4 players wearing white t-shirts must try to prevent it by possessing the ball again as fast as possible.


  • If a team keeps possession for 1 minute they score 3 points
  • If defenders recover the ball and carry it outside of the square they score 1 point
  1. The 4 defenders turn around the square before getting in
  2. The team that has the ball can touch it a maximum of 2 times
Coaching Points
  • Keep a high pace during the whole exercise
  • Create possession triangles to avoid opponents
  • Work on reaction of the negative transition, once the player loses the ball, the closest player to the ball, presses the opponent while their teammates get closer
  • Work on the distances between players
  • Work on body positioning during ball reception, it should always be facing the widest part of the pitch
  • Encourage the give and go: After playing the ball to a teammate, the player keeps running to an free space an receive the ball again
  • Minimum ideal unity: The player that has the ball must always have available a minimum number of teammates that can guarantee him a pass at any time
  • The player that is closer to the one that possesses the ball must choose what to do, approaching or moving to depth, activating consequently the movement of their teammates
  • Encourage players to perform the counter movement to lose the marker and the consequent reception of the ball
  • To accomplish 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
  • Close to the coach there should be an adequate number of balls

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