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Possession Transfer | 3 v 1 + 1 (07-P2)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Practice two of theme seven, final third combinations, is played in a 25 x 35 yard area with two attacking zones and a three v three in each half.

We have a floater in a central 5-yard zone, allowing the possession team to connect play through to a finish.

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The objective here is for players to recognise space available, allowing them to play forward when possible and for our floating player to play on the half turn, checking space and penetrating defensive lines with defence-splitting passes.

Key Coaching Points Focus on that final pass and clinical finishing by attacking players, looking to hit corners and work goalkeepers with every opportunity.

Player Questions

How can width and depth help an attacking team penetrate the defensive team?


The central floater can drive into the playing area creating a 4 v 3 overload.

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Possession Transfer

Possession transfer is a term used in soccer (also known as football) to describe the process of transferring possession of the ball from one team to the other. Possession transfer can occur in a number of ways, including:

  1. Passes: The most common way to transfer possession is through passes between teammates. When a team has possession of the ball, they can pass it to a teammate in a better position to maintain possession or create a scoring opportunity.

  2. Tackles: When an opposing player wins the ball through a tackle, they have transferred possession to their team. Tackles can be either clean (where the ball is won without committing a foul) or fouls (where the ball is won through a foul such as a trip or a push).

  3. Turnovers: A turnover is when a team loses possession of the ball without the opposing team making a tackle. This can occur when a player loses control of the ball, makes a poor pass, or is dispossessed by an opponent.

  4. Interceptions: An interception is when a player intercepts a pass or ball played by the opposing team, thereby transferring possession to their team. Interceptions can be particularly effective in the midfield or defensive areas of the field, as they can lead to counter attack opportunities.

Overall, possession transfer is an important aspect of soccer, as it determines which team has control of the ball and can attack.

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