This simple drill helps you teach your players how to take up positions to maintain possession and to react and transition fast to dribble forward when winning the ball.

Set Up

Preparations for this drill are relatively simple. Players in groups of 6 play 4v2 in a grid that you have set up. Every grid has a goal on each side, with a corresponding player. In total, 8 cones and one ball is needed.  

How It Works

Players on the sides start with the ball, and start maintaing possession between themselves. If a center player wins the ball they must try to dribble through one of the goals on the side to score. When center players win the ball they can pass to their teammate to create a 2v1.

If a center player dribbles through a goal they switch places with the player who was responsible for defending that goal. 

Coaching Points

This drill teaches players to quickly react to changes in possession, and also transitioning from a defensive to an offensive mindset.

Ways to change the difficulty or intensity of the exercise is to limit touches on the side or change sizes of the grid.

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