Possession Game: 8 vs. 8

  • Organisation

    • 1 goal (with a goalkeeper)

    • 2-4 cones (to mark the finish line)

  • Process

    The coach starts the drill with a clipped ball.

    The yellow team has the goal to stay in possession throughout the drill and can use their goalkeeper as an additional player when building an attack.

    If the yellow team stays in possession for 30 seconds, they receive 1 point.

    After the 30 seconds, the yellow team can pass the ball forward and either play the ball to the coach or dribble over the marked finish line to receive another point (1 point).

    If the Blue team wins the ball, they receive a point.

    If they score a goal after having won the ball, they receive another 2 points.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Use the full size of the playing field

    • Always play out of the pressure (switches)

    • Switch the point of attack fast (use two touches to play past positions)

    • If there is a chance to switch the point of attack, don't play back into the pressure

  • Field size

    Mark a finish line 10m behind the halfway line

Training Set

End, Main point, Progression


30 min


U19, U18, U17, U23+


Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Opening the field in the four line, Four man backfield, Man down/Man up, Positional play, Systems of play, Tactics, Transitional play (shifting the game)

General Training Goals


Tactical drills, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

13 or more playersr

Form of Training

Group training, Team training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Whole team


1 goalie


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors, Part of a team

Spatial Behavior

Free space, Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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