Free Soccer Drills



Winning Possession In MF 3rd | Opposed (11-P2)

Set Up | Direction
In this Possession / Pressing Opposed Practice, we focus on pairs of defenders regaining possession as quickly as possible. Multi Directional Practice | This practice focuses on developing players ability to press possession players to regain possession quickly, through forcing direction and limiting gaps for opposition to play through. Work with 3 balls between 6 players, giving the 2 defenders chance to win each ball as quickly as possible. When possession one they can score in any one of 4 mini goals as shown, before pressing the group to win second ball and third. Once all balls won, rotate defending players.

11 P2 1

Key Coaching Points
  • Ensure Possession and movement between passing players challenges defensive pairings.
  • Speed of press, with a particular focus on triggers for pressing as a pair (i.e. Slow pass, bad touch, lofted pass).
  • Limiting gaps in between, trying to isolate 1 or 2 passing players.
  • Effective communication for both defending and passing players throughout (e.g. time, man on, press).


Progressions & Constraints 1
Increase or decrease number of passers or defenders depending on ability of each group (e.g. 7 v 2, or 5 v 3).
Progressions & Constraints 2
Time each pair to win 6 balls, work 3 balls and then another 3 once they are won.