Free Soccer Drills



Progressive Possession | Directional (18-P3)

Set Up
Practice 3 in Theme 18 Progressive Possession, is based around a 343 diamond formation with 7 players in possession (including a floater) against 4 midfielders and 2 strikers.

18 P3 2


Half a pitch is set up as shown, with Blues aiming to build play patiently to break defensive lines into the striker at the opposite end. Players will look to build play back through the thirds to return, initially in a 5 v 2, progressing to a 5 v 4 in the central third and then returning to a 5 v 2 starting again with our deep midfielder.

18 P3 3

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Use Overloads to break lines
  • Technical | Passing and control quality to build play
  • Social | Short and long supportive movement

18 P3 4


Progressions & Constraints 1
When Reds win possession, they must look to build play from one end to the other using the floater. Overload numbers will vary, with an initial 5 v 3 progressing to a 5 v 4 in the central zone and finally breaking into a 5 v 3 in the final third.



Key Questions
  • Where are spaces to exploit in each zone?
  • How can you maximise overloads in each zone, where are you vulnerable?