Progressive Possession | Opposed / Opposed (18-S2)

Phase 2: Possession Questions

Age Group 11+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 11+

This 60 minute 2 part session is more suitable for players 11 and above and combines two opposed practices.


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Progressive Possession | Opposed Skill (18-P2)

Set Up | 2 v 1 Short Passing & Support
This 2 v 1 practice develops player's ability to make angles quickly and play under pressure in tight spaces. By focusing on this quick possession, players will get an understanding of movement of teammates, improving their first touch and passing quality.

18 P2 1


18 P2 2


18 P2 3

Key Coaching Questions
  • How can you create space better?
  • What must you do when playing under pressure?
  • Can you move defender around?
Technical Detail
  • Body shape to play quickly.
  • First touch away from defender.
  • ABC: Agility | Balance | Co-ordination
  • Players keep ball moving.
  • Receiving areas on controlling foot.


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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?