Good teams can possess the ball, great ones turn possession into a dangerous weapon. Developing a quality possession game requires more than counting consecutive passes – there needs to be a directional objective.
If you are looking for some new ideas for drills to kick of the soccer season, below you will find a simple but effective drill to teach players to maintain possession while trying to advance the ball. In this video, Coach Frank Kohlenstein, Colorado School of Mines Head Men’s Coach and three time winner of NCAA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year, demonstrates a 6v2 drill. This drill places all players in a 12×7 yard box, divided in half by cones. This small sided game lays the basic foundation to his team’s ability to keep possession and move the ball with a purpose. Players develop a good sense of rhythm when passing while making sure the angles of support are correct for the ability to “penetrate.”
This drill can be an effective training tool because it teaches players to patiently look for opportunities to play longer passes behind the defenders. Points are awarded anytime the offensive players are able to advance to ball across the “midfield line”. If a defender is able to win a ball, he and the offensive player will exchange places.
This 6v2 possession game is just a sample of the content that may be found in Coach Kohlenstein’s coaching DVD. For more information about that DVD, you can click the link Possession with Purpose: Turning Your Possession into a Dangerous Weapon.
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