Free Soccer Drills



Retain Possession To Attack | Opposed Practice (17-P2)

Organisation / Set Up
This 2nd practice from 14 in our Retain Possession to Attack Theme, focuses on movement to create space and quick short sharp passing to keep possession in tight spaces. Progressions encourage checking of shoulders and being aware of what is away from the ball.

17 P2 1


17 P2 2


17 P2 3

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Creating and exploiting space in tight areas under pressure
  • Technical | Positive touch to move ball away from defenders and control play
  • Social | Understanding as a 3 to utilise space effectively



17 P2 4

Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Defenders score when regaining possession
  • If defenders gain possession and score they must tag another player in a grid, tagged player now defends in a different grid.
  • Possession players can score if they play a 1-2
Key Coaching Questions
  • How is each defender defending against a 3 and how are we achieving success?
  • When can we get a rotation in and how can this be used to develop play?
  • How does additional defender influence your play? How can you do better here?