Coach this soccer possession drill

This soccer possession drill will help you coach players to retain possession of the ball and create attacking opportunities. You are looking to develop skills such as players making runs with the ball and moving to receive the ball.

No player should be static in this soccer possession drill. Encourage any players that are static to keep moving and looking for space.

Soccer drill session to get players moving into space

Run the soccer possession drill

  • Start the soccer drill by playing a game of keepaway with two teams of equal numbers in the main area.

  • This is possession in its purest form and the soccer drill session should be used to work on passing skills and first-touch technique.

  • Now the teams have to play possession in order to go forward and score a point by getting into the end zone. This provides a goal to build towards when passing and gives the players purpose.

  • Introduce decision-making in the game situation with the addition of goals and goalkeepers.

  • What you are trying to do is encourage your players to attack by entering the middle zone and beat the defender 1v1 for a chance to shoot, or go into a crossing zone and cross the ball for a team-mate.

  • If your players have been running with the ball from the first session, you should see them running into areas of attack with much more confidence.

For more soccer coaching tips and advice, get Smart Sessions soccer coaching plans dropping into your inbox every week - they come in advanced and core versions. Click here to find out more.

Click here for a small-sided soccer game to get players working on the skills to maintain possession under pressure.

Soccer coaching tips


Improve your soccer training skills. Sign up for a FREE weekly email, full of simple proven tips, advice and drills.

"I look forward to every issue because it is concise and filled with great information. In times like this, with very busy schedules, it is invaluable. I highly recommend it."
Victor Gascon, Coach, USA







Please note that Better Soccer Coaching takes your privacy very seriously. We will never rent or sell your email address to any third party.






Get our FREE weekly coaching tips email






Receive GREAT coaching tips to help you become
a better soccer coach, straight to your inbox!

Please note that Better
Soccer Coaching
takes your privacy very seriously. We will never rent or sell your email address to any third party

Find out more

Recommended:





Proud Corporate Member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America