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Ball possession and scoring in the five small goals

Ball possession and scoring in the five small goals

  • an adequate number of markers to outline the game area
  • 10 cones
  • 7 vests
  • sufficient balls for continuity to allow quick restarts
  • Playing area: 40x30 meters
  • Players: 14
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Series: 2 of 8 minutes with 2 minutes of passive recovery between the series
Summary Secondary Objectives
Game theme 7 v.s. 7 useful to improve the game speed during the possession phases
Oriented control, Losing your marker, Pass, Medium pass, Short pass, Positioning, Marking, Intercepting, Tackling, Pass and move, Creating width and depth, Zone defensive

Create a playing field of 40x30 meters. Form 5 small goals (1 meter wide each) using the cones and place them in the field as shown in the figure. Split the players in two teamswith 7 players wearing the vests. One of the teams starts with the ball.

  • At the starting signal, the team with the ball begins a possession game against the opponent team
  • The objective of the team, in addition to maintaining the ball as long as possible, is to shoot at one of the 5 small goals to score 1 point.
  • The point is assigned only if the ball, after passing through the small goal, is received by a teammate (ex. in the figure)
  • After each goal, the game continues with the team who has possession trying to score again in another small goal.
  • It's forbidden to score consecutive goals in the same small goal
  • At the end of the exercise the team with the most points wins


  1. Go to goal only after 4 consecutive passes
Coaching Points
  • The number of ball touches allowed is unlimited during the match, but is very important that teams try to give the greatest speed possible during possession.
  • Forming triangles to avoid the opposing players closing down passing lines
  • Look at the negative transition, once the ball have been lost the player who is near the ball presses the opponent while their teammates get closer
  • Look at the distances between the players, spreadout when in possession, compact when trying to win the ball back
  • Look at the body's orientation receiving the ball, it must be always facing the largest part of the field
  • Encourage the Give and Go: after passing the ball to a teammate, the player keeps on running to enter another free space where they can receive the ball again 
  • Ideal minimum units: the ball-carrier must have a minimum number of teammates to ensure a pass at any time (one forward and one back at least)
  • The closest player to the ball carrier must decide what to do, an approaching movement or away into space, activating in this way the movements of their teammates
  • Encourage players to perform a counter attack to get out of man marking and receive the ball
  • To create continuous movement and maintain appropriate positioning, if two players are close on the same line, horizontal or vertical on the field, they must move to create diagonal game lines

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