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  • To further develop supporting play, timing, pace and accuracy of passing.


  • To keep the ball longer than the opposition.


  • Group of 10 whenever possible.

  • Split into two teams of 5.

  • 15 x 15 yards area.

  • 5 vs. 2 with other defenders waiting their turn.

  • The “five” attempt to keep possession from 2.

  • As soon as the “five” make a mistake and lose the ball the two defenders change and the coach rolls in another ball.

  • Defenders can change “on the fly” if the “five” are doing well and the defenders are getting tired.

  • Coach keeps the time on the stopwatch and calls time out after 4 mistakes.

  • Then the other five try to keep the ball for longer than their opponents.

  • Coach keeps supply of balls to help continuity.

  • If the players are finding the 5 vs. 2 difficult consider making it 6 vs. 2 and increasing the space.

  • If they are finding it easy, decrease the space.



  • Tell players "off the ball" to work continually at making good passing angles for players with ball.

  • Encourage use of space available by spreading out.

  • Requires good passing techniques, pace of the pass and good "first touch."

  • Make sure players "on the ball" are prepared to hold it and screen away from opponents if players "off the ball" are not available.

  • Two defenders must work off one another.

  • When the defenders win the ball make sure it is kicked out of play otherwise it does not count as a “mistake” if an attacker gets the ball back.


  • If they are having trouble maintaining possession, make the area bigger or go to 6 v 2.

  • The 5 v 2 is progressed to 5 v 2 Tennis.

  • If they can handle the 5 v 2 Tennis, allow one of the defending players to go into the square where the ball is being received to make it more difficult to make a successful pass across the No-Man’s Land.

  • Or, have one of the defending team in the No-Man’s Land trying to intercept the ball passed across the squares.

  • And a combination of 3 and 4.

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