Interchanging Positions | Tech / SSG (04-S1)

Phase 2: Possession Questions

Age Group 13+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 6+

This 2 Part Session illustrates how coaches can encourage players to Interchange Positions in a Technical Practice and Small Sided Game.


Free Soccer Drills



Interchanging Positions | Technical Practice (04-P1)

Set Up / Organisation
This Technical practice is played in a 362 yard area, broken down into 4 x 4 squares, with 3 or 4 teams of 4 creating effective supporting angles, and movement, whilst unopposed. Objective is for each team to simply move the ball around the area whilst avoiding other players in the area, and developing an understanding of how to rotate with teammates during this phase.

04 P1a


04 P1b

Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Players must now receive a pass in another area to where they are as pass is played. This will slow play down, yet will encourage players to think about weight of pass and verbal and non verbal cues will be more important with this progression.

04 P1c

Progressions & Constraints | 2
  • Players must now rotate with another player in a different square after they have played the pass. This will encourage players off the ball not to just focus on receiving the next pass, but on the movement to create space with passing player.




Interchanging Positions | Technical Constraints (04-P4)

Organisation / Set Up
This technical soccer drill develops quality in player’s passing and control in addition to an understanding of quick combination play. Begin with a player combining with a teammate with a 1-2 pass, before playing the ball through to a player opposite. 2 Players must then combine to perform the same action, with all players following their pass.

Interchanging Positions 04 P4a

Key Football Coaching Points
  • Technical | Control to prepare for initial pass
  • Technical | Quality (Weight and accuracy of pass)
  • Psychological | Understanding of movement combinations (Cognitive)

Interchanging Positions  04 P4b


Progressions & Constraints 1
Add cones for players to pas through encouraging accuracy.


Interchanging Positions  04 P4b

Progressions & Constraints 2
Foster creativity by allowing players to come up with their own combinations - communication is vital here.
Key Coaching Questions
  • How can you learn the combinations quickly?
  • How does it become more difficult with progressions?
  • How can you ensure you develop and meet challenges of this practice?