A 6 v 4 Possession, Passing and Dribbling Game

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6 v 4 possession game

It is a 6 v 4 overload game. 6 attack and 4 defend the square. No one is allowed inside the square except an attacking player on the team of 6 dribbling the ball and in possession. Attacking team keep possession and score by a player dribbling the ball into the square. Try to get a player free to dribble.

Attacking team can also score a goal by making 5 consecutive passes. This prevents the defending team just guarding the square and not trying to make any tackles and win the ball. The defending team score by winning possession and dribbling the ball outside the big square.

Coaching Points for Attackers:

  1. Creating Space (spreading out, using all the space available)
  2. Individual dribbling skills
  3. Quality quick Passing
  4. Support: Movement off the ball to find space to receive or create space for other teammates
  5. Maintaining Possession

Coaching Points for Defenders:

  1. Quick individual player pressure
  2. Working in pairs to force mistakes or win the ball quickly
  3. Collective team Defending where possible (numbers around the ball) boxing players in.

(4) moves into space to open up the angle for a pass from (1). (4) Can now dribble into the scoring square in the middle.

Likewise (6) and (2) move and open up the angle for a pass but defenders (D) and (B) anticipate this and track the runs by (2) and (6).

What (6)’s movement does though is open up a passing lane for (4) to receive, so (6)’s movement was not only to receive a pass themselves if this player got free, but also to help a pass to (4).

This type of movement from an attacking point of view is so important in soccer because players need to learn how to make movements for team mates in an unselfish way.


  1. Have an attacking player stationed in the middle all the time and use this player as a link player, scoring a point every time a pass is made to them by the attacking team.
  2. To score a player has to arrive in the square as the ball arrives. If they don’t get the ball they move out again for someone else to fill the space and receive the pass the next time.
  3. Change it to a keeper in the square to give the keeper some handling work. Every time the keeper catches the ball it is a goal.

Defending team still scores by running the ball outside the big square.

Progression: Make it an equal numbers game so both teams can attack and can use the keeper to pass to or have an outfield player in the middle to pass to for both teams.

Condition the game to one and two touch (one touch only when it is on to do so). Hence timing of the pass and timing of the run in a) and b) are especially important when the player only has one or two touches.