Soccer Attacking versus Possession Training Drill

Attacking versus Possession

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • one team scores by connecting 7 passes with the help of the two goalkeepers
  • the other team scores by winning the ball in one half and scoring on the goal in the other half with
  • the help of the wing players
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • switch roles after each score
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • shape of team to maintain possession
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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