1v1 | Possession Game

  • Organisation

    • set up a 20x20 meter field (can be bigger if higher number of players available)

    • form pairs; each pair needs a ball

  • Process

    Drill 1: Passing, First and Second touch, one-two-combinations, quick turns

    Drill 2: The player with the ball tries to shield the ball and maintain possession, while his partner is trying to win the ball.

    If he wins the ball, he has to make sure to stay in possession and use his body to protect the ball from the opponent.

    • Short but intense sequences: 30-45 sec.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Since the field is quite large, the player in possession can also dribble. On the one hand to create space, on the other hand to escape the consistent pressure of the defender

    For Players in Position:

    Possession also means being in control. Therefore, the player with the ball must dictate plays and tempo

Training Set



10 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U09, U14 - U19

Training Organization

Number of Players

6 - 9 players, > 10 players

Form of Training

Training in pairs

Skill Level


Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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