Possession in soccer comes in two varieties.
The first variety is for a team to keep the ball while gaining territory in an effort to create a scoring opportunity.
The second variety can be divided into two categories both of which should lead to the variety to gain territory in an effort to create a scoring opportunity.
These two categories include passing the ball for the sole purpose of relieving pressure and passing the ball because a forward option is deemed to risky and the player receiving this pass will have a better chance to play a forward ball.
With this in mind, coaches must avoid having their team possess the ball for the sole purpose of possessing the ball. The best way a coach can avoid possession for the sake of possession is to put players in activities that have a direction to attack and a direction to defend.
Reasons for directional possession include:
¢ More like the game
¢ Realistic Shape
¢ Realistic Defending
¢ Players must make decisions in regard to the variety of possession oriented passes.
¢ Presents more realistic opportunities to effect players through coaching moments.
Create a grid the same size as the penalty box (18yd. x 44yd.) and put a 2 yd. gate close to one of the corners.
(Divide your team into three teams of 6 players (or five, if you only have 15 total).
One team enters the grid, while another is located next to the gate.
The third team is located on the same side of the gate, but close to the opposite corner (you may need to build a small grid for them to stay in to prevent them from cheating out).