Possession to Penetrate

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on possession while looking to penetrate the defense.

Start with a circle with a 20 yard diameter and then have a circle inside with a 10 yard diameter.

This is a 5 v 2 possession game where no players are allowed inside of the center circle.

In many possession games, players tend to look toward the closest player to pass to and while this might be effective in terms of relieving responsibilities (I don’t want to lose the ball, here you lose it) it’s not effective when it comes to looking to penetrate.

With this game it encourages the players with possession of the ball to look to play the ball further since it makes it easier to split the defenders

5 consecutive passes would result in a point for the team with the ball.  Any ball played through the center circle also counts as a point.  Any time the defending team wins the ball it’s a point for them.

In the beginning, if you want to make it easier for the attacking team you can allow them to go into the middle circle

Encouraging the attacking players to look to penetrate with their passes will open up many opportunities when they get into a full sided game situation.

Have a great day!


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