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Possession game 3 versus 1 in 3 variations

 

Most soccer coaches will know the possession game 3 versus 1. In this session 3 players try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of 1 defender.

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Most of the times, the players on the outside are static, although on this video you see a good example how good support should be done:

But sometimes your team might have trouble to assist their teammates. Then it is a good idea to add a square in the middle where the players have to play around. This way, when the player who does not receive the ball has to run to the open space, to give the player who gets the ball always two possibilities:

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Finally, to keep the defender aggressive, you can do the variation below. In this variation you have 3 defenders who take turns being the defender. This way you always have fresh defenders who really have a motivation to win the ball quickly (because then they it’s the turn for the next defender)

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Soccer drills covered in this article:

3 versus 1 possession game basic
3 versus 1 possession game with middle square
3 versus 1 possession game with 3 defenders

07Jan/15
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25+ top soccer passing drills

 

Every coach is always looking for ideas for new soccer drills for their training session. This article will give an overview of more than 25 top soccer passing drills which you can use in your training session. Not all drills will be suitable for your team, but I am sure you will find some that will improve the passing skills of your team!

1:1 in passing form (U14 youth)


Players: 2
Age categories: U15
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3rd player joins with through pass


Players: 10-12
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17, U15, U13
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4 v 4 with 4 neutral players


Players: 12
Age categories:
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4 way passing


Players: 20
Age categories: Adults
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5 versus 2 in 2 areas


Players: 7
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17
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5 vs. 3 and 3 vs. 1


Players: 20
Age categories: Adults
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5:5 + 5:5


Players: 22
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17
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7 against 5 with a deep pass after winning the ball


Players: 16
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17, U15
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7 against 7 creating a free passing line to the forward


Players: 15
Age categories: Adults, U19
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8 versus 8 possession game (Arsenal)


Players: 16
Age categories: Adults, U19
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The Castle Option 1


Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17
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The Castle Option 2


Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17
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The Castle Option 3


Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17
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The Castle Organization


Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17
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Closest to the line


Players: > 2
Age categories:
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Combination poles


Players: 6
Age categories: Adults
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Exercise 1


Players: 3
Age categories: U19
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Fast pass and move exercise with diagonal pass


Players: 4
Age categories: U13
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Fast positional changes after a pass


Players: 5
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17, U15, U13, U11, U9
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Japanese Pairs passing


Players: > 2
Age categories:
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Jeu de Football


Players: 2-12
Age categories: U13, U11, U9
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Long pass and join play, with finish on goal


Players: 8-12
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17
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Lucky number 5


Players: 20
Age categories: Adults
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Lucky number 5 Variation 1


Players: 20
Age categories: Adults
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Lucky number 5 Variation 2


Players: 20
Age categories:
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Pair passing and chasing


Players: > 2
Age categories:
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Pass and rotate


Players: 10
Age categories: Adults
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01Jan/15
Y shape soccer passing drill Variation 1

Y-shape passing drill Variation 1

 

Y shape soccer passing drill Variation 1

– We set the cones in the shape of an Y.
– At both far cones we have a player without the ball
– Two players without a ball at the middle cone
– All other players at the starting cone with a ball.
– The ball is passed to the center player, who passes the ball back to the starting player.
– The starting player passes the ball to the player at the far cone, who controls the ball and dribbles at speed back to the starting position.
– Each player moves up one position. The next ball will go the left, etc.

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Y-shape passing drill Basic

 

Y shape passing drill Basic

– We set the cones in the shape of an Y.
– At both far cones we have a player without the ball
– Two players without a ball at the middle cone
– All other players at the starting cone with a ball.
– The ball is passed to the center player, who turns with the ball and plays the ball to the player at the far cone
– Each player moves up one position. The next ball will go the left, etc.

 

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3 versus 1 possession game with 3 defenders

 

This soccer drill is very suitable to keep a defender aggressive in a 3v1 possession game.

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– We have a square of about 8×8 meters
– We have three attackers in the square, three defenders (each with a ball) outside the square
– It begins with a defender passing the ball to one of the attackers.
– The three attackers try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of that defender
– If the defender touches the ball, the defender has reached his goal and the next defender is up
– The previous defenders collects the ball and gets back to the starting position
– We play for 5 minutes, then the attackers become defenders and vice versa

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3 versus 1 possession game with middle square

 

This is an excellent drill to learn you players to move in a possession game

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– Make a square of about 8×8 to 10×10 meters
– In that square put another square of cones of about 6×6 to 7×7 meters
– Three attackers, one defender
– The attackers try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of the defender, but the attackers are not allowed to play the ball in the middle square
– We play for 1 minute, how many times can the defender touch the ball in that time limit
– After the minute, one of the attackers will be the next defender

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3 versus 1 possession game basic

 

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– This is the most basic versus of the 3 versus 1 possession game available.
– Make an area of about 8×8 to 10×10
– Three players try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of one defender
– When the defender touches the ball, the defender gets one point
– After 1 minute, switch the defender with one of the other three players
– How many points does the defender score within 1 minute?

For a good example, see: