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Ball possession 5 against 5 and shooting at goal

Ball possession 5 against 5 and shooting at goal

  • 12 markers
  • 5 vests
  • Sufficient balls for continuity
  • 1 regulatory goal
  • Playing area: 60x50 meters
  • Players: 10 + 1 goalkeeper
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Series: 3 series of 4 minutes with a 1 minute pause of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Small sided game useful to train ball possession with limited touches and shooting at goal
Finishing, Shooting, Shooting from long distance ground level, Intercepting, Pass and move, Zone defensive

In half of the pitch make three squares (A, B and C) of 20x20 meters using markers and place them as it is shown in the picture. Close to each square place 5 balls in line. Divide the team into 2 groups of 5 players. The two teams go inside the same square ready to start. Give a ball to one of the two teams. The goalkeeper defends the goal.

  • To the coach's signal the team that has the ball starts a ball possession inside the square. A 5vs5 is set
  • The team that possesses the ball can touch it a maximum of 2 times
  • The objective of the team that has the ball is to execute 5 consecutive passes without having the rival intercept the ball. After accomplishing their goal the 5 players go to the 5 balls that are close to the square and they shoot at goal in a certain way:
    • Once the goal is accomplished in square A, players shoot at goal one after the other from a sttoped ball
    • Once the goal is accomplished in square B, players one after the other dribbling to the limit of the area and then shoot at goal (See picture)
    • Once the goal is accomplished in square C players one after the other perform a self pass forwards and then shoot at goal
  • The rival team runs towards the inside of the other square and awaits for the other team to be done with shooting to then start the exercise
  • When the exercise starts again after shooting, the possession continues for the team that has just ended the action


  • 2 touches during ball possession
  • 5 consecutive passes are worth 1 point
Coaching Points
  • Create possession triangles, they are useful to avoid opponents
  • Work on the reaction to 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 orientation of the body during the reception, it should always be facing the widest part of the pitch
  • Minimum ideal unity: The player that has the ball must always have available a minimum number of players that can guarantee him a pass at any time
  • The player must pay attention to the support foot when shooting
  • The foot must impact the center of the ball with the instep
  • The player must keep looking the ball
  • Open arms allows the player to gain stability
  • The limitation of touches depends on the age and capacities of players


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