POSSESSION – BODY SHAPE: Face forward to play forward
Adopting an open body shape is one of the main principles of possession. It is only by doing this a player can see the whole field and be in a position to make the best choice possible. This practice is suitable for players aged 11 and older and works on a players ability to receive with an open body shape to face forward to play forward.
The warm is a dynamic stretching and passing and receiving warm up.
Passing back, opening out to play forward and shooting:
- The set up is as below. The field size should be adjusted for the age of the players
- The first player from each line dribbles into the center at the same time, turns around the cone and passes to the goalkeeper (1).
- They then support at an angle. As they do so they should adjust and back pedal so as to be able to see the field.
- As they support they must look over their should and observe the field.
- The goalkeeper passes back to them (2) and they receive, dribble forward and shoot in the other goal (3).
- Players collect their ball and rejoin the end of their line.
- Adjust the side the players pass back to and ensure that both feet and used in the passing, control and shooting.
- Quality execution
- Communication – “open out,” etc.
- Awareness: As soon as they back pass can the players open out so they know immediately what options are available to them and can see the whole field
- As below
- Rapid movement to support the ball carrier
- The players away from the ball are still involved. Can they make themselves available to receive in a position that gives them them the most time and space were they to do so.
- Body shape open to the field.
- Angle of approach and support.
- Awareness of what is happening.
- Receive across your body or play back one touch.
Should you have a number of players that are not do not work for the Hornets game (multiples of 9 are ideal) then set up a second area where the others are playing 4 vs 2 or 5 vs 2 depending upon the numbers and sub players in and out every few minutes.
Possession game playing to targets.
- Two target players are positioned at the end of a rectangle.
- Two teams play a possession game in the middle and their objective is to play from one target player to the other. If they achieve this they get a point.
- The target players play for both teams and pass the ball back to the team they received it from.
- In this video the coach also has a fitness objective. If this is desired as well as the tactical outcomes then play 4 x 4 minutes and rest for 2 minutes between each interval. For more on using small sided games for fitness objectives see here.
- Adopt good supporting positions at angles.
- Play with an open body shape and look to play forward whenever possible.
- If necessary, especially with younger players, use neutral players to ensure success.
- Play a free game
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