Interchanging Positions | Tech / SSG (04-S2)

Phase 2: Possession Questions

Age Group 11+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 10+

This session combines a technical passing practice, with a 5 v 5 Small Sided Game. The focus is on interchanging positions through rotation, and is appropriate for varying levels of players, with coaches responsible for setting constraints and freedoms relevant for their age group and level of player.


Free Soccer Drills



Interchanging Positions | Technical Practice (04-P3)

Set Up / Organisation
This practice develops passing and movement with quick, short sharp combinations in tight spaces. With 4 stations for players to begin their movement, our first player begins the sequence by playing a 15 yard pass, who can set in one touch for the passer to play through to the next station. The next 2 players perform the same sequence with each player following their pass.

04 P3a

Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Vary movement between players after their pass, with option to play first time, make 3rd man runs and jacks plays.

04 P3b

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Identify how this links with each players game in their positions
  • Technical | First touch to set and quality of pass to play on back foot
  • Social | Understand movement of teammates and how to combine most effectively. (What is their best foot, do they play in 1 touch etc.)?

04 P3c

Key Coaching Questions
  • How can you ensure each pass is the best quality (10 out of 10 passing)?
  • What type of pass does your teammate want to receive, and how can you provide this consistently?
  • Feedback on the types of movement you are making in this practice. How does it link to your game?


SSG Practice


Interchanging Positions | Small Sided Game (04-P6)

Organisation / Set Up
This SSG Practice shows how teams can interchange positions in a 4 v 4 environment, allowing a specific focus on paired and group communication. To encourage rotation between players to create and exploit space left by opposition and include a focus on 3rd man runs and an ability to break defensive lines.
Five Pass Rotation
  • Players encouraged to rotate after every fifth pass, with teammates at the correct moment. Players must identify spaces that they can exploit and create for teammates and interchange with purpose as shown above.
Progressions & Constraints | 3rd Man Runs
Players now provided with a constraint of not being able to score until they make a third man run. This will encourage forward runs, dragging opposition defenders out of spaces to again exploit at pace.