Retain Possession To Attack | Rondo / Skill (17-S1)

Phase 2: Possession Questions

Age Group 15+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 13+

This session combines a Rondo practice with a skill practice and is aimed at players 14 years and above and links play by focusing on a tactical build in a 433 game model.


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Retain Possession To Attack | Rondo Practice (17-P1)

Set Up / Organisation
Practice played in a 252 yard area with four players keeping possession on the outside of the area and two central players to finish. Four defenders in each 12.5 yard zone to win possession. If they win the ball, make ten passes before finishing in mini goal.


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Retain Possession To Attack | Opposed Skill (17-P3)

Organisation / Set Up
This Opposed practice encourages defenders to look for forward passes when space presents itself to break defensive lines. With a 3 v 3 in each half of a 40 x 30 yard area and a 5 yard central zone for a single floater to link play, the team in possession aim to transfer the ball from one target player to the other. If a player intercepts the ball they can then look to transfer the ball themselves. The central floater can play straight through to the target player if defenders do not protect this space behind, allowing players to connect.

Retain Possession To Attack

Key Coaching Points
  • (Tactical Key Point) Floaters positioning to receive and build play effectively
  • (Technical Key Point) First touch and distribution both short and long
  • (Psychological Key Point) Brave to receive the ball under pressure to play out



Progressions & Constraints 1
  • We progress the practice by allowing a single attacking player to join in the attacking half creating a 4 v 3 overload. This forces defenders to cover lateral space quicker and attackers to be more selective with their passes, protecting themselves against possible counter attacks.


Key Questions
  • How can you play quickly to build play from one end to the other?
  • What allows you to play more direct and how does this affect defenders positioning?