Midfield Combination Play | Tech / Tech (36-S1)

Phase 2: Possession Questions

Age Group 9+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 8+

This 2 Part 60 minute session is appropriate for all players 11 and above and develops technique to combine in midfield.


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Midfield Combination Play | Technical Practice (36-P1)

Set Up / Organisation
Practice 1 of theme 36 Midfield Combination Play, based on the effectiveness of Barcelona’s Busquets, is a technical practice that focuses on control and passing ability.

36 P1 1


36 P1 2

Set Up / Organisation
A player on the outside of the circle shown must pass the ball into a central player, who must set his teammate with one touch to then play a pass to another outside player. A second ball is then passed to repeat the process, with the passing and setting roles of central players changing.

36 P1 3

Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Progression | Inside player to make well timed runs around the outside to combine working a few rotations before changing the inside players.

36 P1 4

Progressions & Constraints | 2
  • Progression | Initial passing player replacing an inside player after the combination.

36 P1 5

Progressions & Constraints | 3
  • Progression | Rotational movement between outside players from 2 circles increasing player awareness.
Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Movement to support and combine, linked with game positioning
  • Technical | First touch and weight of pass in combination
  • Social | Communicate inside and outside of circle to speed up combinations

36 P1 6

Player Challenges | 1
  • Quality of the first touch.

36 P1 7

Player Challenges | 2
  • Timing of movement from in to out and vice versa.
Player Challenges | 3
  • Weight and accuracy of passes.

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Midfield Combination Play | Technical Practice (36-P2)

Set Up / Organisation
Practice 2 of Theme 36 Midfield Combination Play is a technical practice that encourages 3rd man runs. With 2 players at each end and a central pivot player to connect, player 1 passes into player 2 who sets player 1, who in turn plays a through pass for player 3s forward run.

36 P2 1

Set Up / Organisation
Player 2 and 3 spin off to join the opposite end, whilst player 1 takes up the pivot position to combine from the opposite end. You will need 2 pairs to begin with play at one end to ensure the practice develops momentum over time.
Key Coaching Points
  • Coaching detail should be based on player’s pass and touch quality and their timing of movement to receive through balls.
Key Coaching Questions
  • Can you maintain tempo of the practice with one touch?
  • How would you like to receive a pass?
  • Can you play this pass to teammates?