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Pressurized Possession

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Two teams attempt to keep possession using the neutral players outside of a square.

Game specific benefit

Improve players’ comfort and confidence on the ball in all areas of the field, especially when surrounded by opponents. Improve players’ ability to recognize passing angles and open teammates using just one or two touches, thereby improving your teams overall possession and offensive threat. Improve players’ speed of transition from defense to offense and vice versa.

Setup & Main Points

  • 10×10 yard square using four cones
  • 2 teams in diff color pennies inside square (1v1 or 2v2, depending on numbers)
  • 2 teams cannot go outside of square – 4 neutral players cannot go inside
  • 4 neutral players assist the team in possession (if yellow vs orange for example and yellow team has possession, 4 neutrals assist them in keeping ball away from orange team)
  • 4 neutral players work on one ‘side’ of the square each
  • If other team intercept ball or any player kicks it out of square, possession goes to the other team

Touch limitation

2 touches maximum for all players. If players are struggling to put passes together, allow 3 touches.

Neutral Players

The success of the exercise hinges largely on the neutral players being alert and working well with whichever team is in possession. Ensure your neutral players work hard to provide excellent support for the teams in the middle of the square.

Coaching points

  • Inside player movement – to create space and open up angles to receive a pass from neutral player
  • Awareness – positioning and angles to work with neutral players
  • First touch – close control, ready to pass or 1-touch passing
  • Communication – both from passer and open players looking to receive
  • Neutrals – moving along side of square to create options for inside teams to pass
  • Receive across body – receive ball across body to open up angles as much as possible
  • Weight of pass – especially when close to teammate; not too hard



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