4 team possession

Keeping possession of the ball in tight spaces.

GameObjectivesFocus onTransition/ResetProgression

Game makeup

  1. 1 large box with 4 smaller boxes – ensure space in between
  2. 4 teams of 3
  3. Each team has a defender who is allowed to roam when defending
  4. START – pass a ball to a corner team
  5. 4 internal passes followed by a pass to another team/square = goal
  6. When in possession can have all players in the square
  7. Defenders objective is to disrupt team in possession
  8. ONLY 1 defender can enter square with the ball to apply pressure
  9. Other two defenders must stay in the middle and try to cut off the passing lanes

Explicit Objectives

  1. Possession
  2. Fast movement
  3. Release pressure
  4. Movement off the ball


  1. Fast passing
  2. Movement off the ball
  3. Pass and look for channel
  4. Communicate


  1. Aggressive running
  2. Closing passing channels
  3. Do not commit
  4. Patience wait for mistake


  1. Restart when goal scored – defense or attack
  2. If the ball goes out of play, play a new ball to a different group


  1. 1 touch pass 
  2. 3 touch before pass
  3. Change scoring levels


The Law of Possession

The more space, the more time to execute with quality. Time and space enables quality actions, without time and space, players struggle to execute.

High pressure defence closing spaces/channels quickly reduces attackers time on ball. When attackers don’t have time, it results in lower quality attacking play.


  1. Create time and space by finding space and moving into it
  2. Move off the ball is critical to find that space
  3. Movement makes it more difficult to be marked and gives you time to execute  with a higher level of quality
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