Possession Game

If you want to compete at your best at soccer, you need to commit to pre-season training, so that your team’s strength and cardiovascular fitness peaks at the right time. 

The drill below is part of a full 6 Week Pre-Season Training Plan. This plan is a guide to how you should be preparing to be at your best next season. Click here to preview the plan.

Three teams of 4 players are organized in a 25 x 15 yard grid as shown in Diagram below. The white team is positioned around the perimeter of the playing area; the red team acts as defenders and the yellow team are in possession of the ball. The setup is repeated to accommodate the entire team.

possession game


  • Limit touches
  • Tempo
  • Communication

Coaches Hints:

  • Are players constantly active?
  • Is the area big enough?
  • Are players concentrating on the quality of 1st touch and pass?
  • Are the players utilizing the wall players to create an overloaded 8 v 4 situation?

The yellow team attempts to maintain possession of the ball while utilizing the perimeter players as support players – this creates an 8 v 4 situation. If the defenders win the ball they must quickly return it to the attacking team.

Rotate defensive team after 1.5 minutes. Each team – white, red and yellow has 1 round as the defensive team.