Soccer Drill – One against One, Holding Possession of the Ball

Soccer Drill Holding the BallOrganization: B positions in the center of the marked field. A passes to him. With this pass, A is allowed to put B under pressure. The coach loudly counts down from 5. During these 5 seconds, B is not allowed to finish. If the 5 seconds are expired, B finishes on one of the 4 back mini-goals. If A gains possession of the ball, he counterattacks onto the two lower mini-goals. After the action, A takes over the position of B.

Coaching: B shall intentionally protect the ball and either (depending on the character of the player) by physical play or by skillful movements ensure that the opposing player is not able to win the ball.

Holding Possession of the Ball Variation

Soccer Drill Holding the Ball

Variation 1: The organization and the fundamental process of the exercise remain (exception: Positioning of the opposing players). Now, B must protect his ball within the 5 seconds against two defenders. If B accomplishes this, A enters the field and complements the exercise to a 2 vs 2. The number of seconds can arbitrarily vary in order to create the exercise more complex or more simple.

Soccer Drill Holding the Ball

Variation 2: The organization and the fundamental process of the exercise remain (exception: Positioning of the opposing players). Again, B must protect his ball within the 5 seconds against two defenders. If B accomplishes this, 3 more players of his own team (A, C, D) enter the field and complement the situation to a 3 vs 2. The number of seconds can arbitrarily vary in order to create the exercise more complex or more simple.

 

This article is taken from the eBook 1vs1 Mastery:

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eBook: 1 vs 1 Mastery
Author: Steven Turek
Publisher: Peter Schreiner
Pages: 52 – Graphics: 36

Description:
In times of systematic and organized offensive- and defensive strategies, players as Messi and Ronaldo become more and more an exception! Reason enough for Steven Turek to elaborate on this fundamental topic in soccer. In ‘1 vs 1 Mastery’, Turek describes different situations of 1 vs 1 duels. Beyond that, he provides for every situation valuable coaching cues for attackers as well as defenders – just another basic principle for Steven Turek ‘Always coach both, the defender and the attacker!’ Furthermore, Turek describes how 1 vs 1 exercises can efficiently be used to also train conditional factors. The main focus, as in all practical training concepts, lays on the practical part over 30 pages with competition-like exercises, detailed coaching cues and many variations!

  • Coaching Points for Attacker and Defender in Various Situations
  • 1 vs 1 as Fitness Training
  • 7 Exercises for Tactical 1 vs 1 Situations
  • 7 Complex Exercises
  • 7 Competitions

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