Soccer Possession Game Training Drill

Possession Game

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 7+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 5 attackers vs 2 defenders
  • attackers keep possession and play from one to the other grid across middle zone
  • one defender is allowed to pressure and win the ball
  • other defender can only stay inside middle zone attempting to intercept a pass
  • once the pass is made to the other grid the defenders switch roles
  • pass giver must follow into other grid to support
  • switch roles every 3-5 minutes


  • attackers must complete 2-3 passes before they can pass to other grid
  • add an extra defender
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the grou

Coaching Points:

  • quick passing
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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