Free Soccer Drills

Opposed Skill


Progressive Possession | Opposed (18-P1)

Organisation / Set Up
This is Practice 1 from Theme 18: Progressive possession, and is played in a 30 by 30 Yard square area, with two 5 yard target zones as shown. With a 6 v 6 plus 2 floaters, the possession team must look to keep the ball and find the floaters with passes into the specified zones. Players must then either find the opposite zone or make 5 passes to play back into the same area.

18 P1 2

Key Coaching Points
  • (Tactical) Recognise space to exploit
  • (Technical) Weight and accuracy of pass together with timing of movement
  • (Physical) Agility and speed to lose players in a tight space

18 P1 3


Progressions & Constraints 1
We can progress this practice by allowing any player from the team in possession to receive a pass in these zones unopposed.


18 P1 4


Key Points
The opportunity exists for the possession team to score if the floater receives in any of the 2 zones. Players can then measure risk v reward, recognising when to attack goal after making 3 passes.



18 P1 4


Key Questions
  • How quickly can you space to move into?
  • Are you able to create space for other players during play and if so how?
  • How does the progression and constraint change your approach in possession?