Spacial awareness

Description: Main focus on the session is to help players understand “Spacial Awareness”. This session can also be related to “Playing out from the back”, how can we create options for kickouts when being pressed by opposition.

Warm-up / Arrival – X and O’s Shooting game

Fun game which can be used as a warmup and arrival activity. Two teams play in standard 9v9 nets with no goalkeepers. Have a whiteboard with 9 different types of ways to finish, once a team scores a goal they get an X or an O if that type of finish is on the board. Play continues until one team gets three X’s or O’s in a row.


Passing and Receiving


Two team, both with a ball passing and moving from target play to target player. They must aim to play forward when possible and keep possession when there is interference from the other team. Encourage good movement to support, constant scanning and verbal communication.

Progress to 2/3 touches.

SSG – Possession


Remove one ball, game now becomes a directional possession game. Same coaching points as previous activity. Players will get a point if they can successfully get the ball from one end player to the other.

Team in possession can go back to target player to maintain possession if no options are available.

Coach types of movement to provide support, slow your marker down, move him away then check back to provide an option.

How can we relate this to a Saturday?


Standard 7v7 with goalkeepers, set up a 5 yard zone in front of both goals. First 10 mins teams must go short into this zone to provide options for the kick out.

After 10 mins, encourage short kick outs but show how good movement can open up space further from goal to allow for a more direct kickout. Can we use the width? Where is the space.

Short passing and possession

Session Focus: Short passing and receiving

Develop short passing and receiving technique.

Warmup – Diamond Passing

Diamond Passing drill

Play starts with one player on each of the orange cones, all other players line up on blue cone.

First player must play anti-clockwise to the player on the next cone and follow his pass. This is repeated until the final cone where this player will dribble to the back of the line.

To progress, go clockwise and work on receiving and passing with the opposite foot.

Focus on good passing technique with push pass, movement to receive, receiving on the back foot to play forward and communication.


Diamond Passing Progression

Quick passing combinations – Server plays a 1-2 with next player then plays a long pass to the opposite player who plays a short pass to the final player. Final player dribbles back to start.

Short, quick passes then a long pass. How can this be related to a game? Quick combinations to play out from the back.

Rondos – 3v1


Add four large cones around the diamond from previous activity and lift diamond cones.

Start with 3 players in the square with other players on blue cone, first player runs in and acts as defender. Coach calls switch every 30-40 seconds to change the defender while the three players try to keep possession.

SSG – Creating space

Creating Space SSG


Players split into two teams with one goal keeper and a neutral overload player.

To begin play 3v3 with rest of players outside the grid waiting to be substituted in or have two activities going.

Ball is played out by goalkeeper to his team who must score in one of the target goals. If the defending team win the ball they can score in main goal.

Encourage starting team to keep possession using extra player and goal keeper.

Substitute players every 2/3 times and swap roles after 8-10mins.

Coaching points:
– Passing technique
– Movement to create space for goal keeper
– Communication
– Quick combinations

Free play – 7v7