In and Out Possession

By Sean Reed –

For this session we are focusing keeping possession in a 4v4 + 3 neutral players.

Set Up
1. 2 teams of 4 players + 3 Neutral players
2. The area between 10-15 x 10-15yds (dependent on level, challenges)
3. Team (Yellow bibs) in possession remain on the outside of the area
4. 2 players from Neutral Team (Black bibs) at either end
5. 1 player from Neutral Team (Black bibs) is the spare player in the middle area
6. Team (Red bibs) is the defending team who remain in the middle
See Diagram 1
7. If the team (red bibs) can win possession, force a mistake, get the ball out of the area they switch to the outside and the team (yellow bibs) go in to defend
8. The team in possession are unlimited touches
9. The neutral players are on 2 touch
10. See Diagram 2

• To score a specific number of passes must be made
• To score a goal all 4 yellow players must touch the ball
• Team in possession on the outside can not pass to each other
• Team in possession on the outside can not pass to the same shirt next to them
• Change the size of area to challenge
• Limit touches for all

Some Coaching Points
1. Angle of support
2. Movement to receive the ball
3. Tempo of play
4. Playing a pass safe side
5. Body shape when receiving the ball
6. Transition from in to out and out to in

By Sean Reed
Former First Team Coach of Championship team Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

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