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Ball possession 8 versus 8 with oriented control

Ball possession 8 versus 8 with oriented control

  • Cones
  • Markers of 3 colors (red, blue, yellow, as in fugure)
  • 10 vests (8 of one color, 2 of another)
  • Balls
  • Playing area: 45x35 yards
  • Players: 18
  • Duration:  16 minutes
  • Number of series: 2 series, 7 minutes each, + 1 minute of active recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Ball possession 8 versus 8 with 2 neutral players with target oriented control in predetermined spaces
Peripheral vision, Aerobic power, Cognitive, Pass, Losing your marker, Intercepting, Pass and move, Creating width and depth, Possession triangles, Ball possession, Pressing, Transitions

Create, with cones, a playing area 45 yards width x 35 yards depths. Arrange within this area a series of equilateral triangles - sided 2 yards, created each with markers of a different color. It is important that each triangle is formed by markers of the same color (blu triangles, yellow ones, red ones in the illustration). Divide the 18 players as it follows: two teams, each made of 8 players (red team and white team in the illustration) + 2 neutral players (yellow players in the illustration).

  • Perform a ball possession 8 versus 8, with two neutral players playing with the team with ball possession
  • Each team has its own reference colored triangle: red triangles for the red team, blue triangles for the white team
  • Neutral players have their own trinagle too (yellow, in the illustration), within wich they can control the ball when they receive it from the players of the team they are mantaining ball possession (in that moment)
  • Target of both team is to clear a transmission line for a team mate, so that the ball can reach him and let him do an oriented control inside one of the assigned triangles


  • Free ball touches allowed
  • 1 point for each oriented control accomplished within the triangle (I control the ball and then I get out of the triangle)
  • It is not permitted to stand still inside the triangles, waiting for a ball pass from a team mate. It is compulsory to receive the ball dictating a movement - getting away from one's marker - within the triangles
  1. Restrict the number of ball touches,  to the players or to the neutral players only.
  2. Assign a different score to each triangle: in this case, the players can receive the ball in each and every triangle, not depending on its color. The color itself will determine a different score assigned (example: red triangles 1 point, blue ones 2 points, yellow ones 3 points)
Coaching Points
  • Observe the body movement of the player as he enters the triangle: it must be oriented so that during the way out no collision with an opponent will occur (correct position of the body in the run to get away from the marker, and in the oriented control)
  • Take advantage of the numerical superiority in the ball possession phase, trying to create more and more possible passing lines for the ball holder, using width and depths through continuous mobility
  • Encourage transition phases to surprise opponents through a quick re earn of the ball and a quick reorgamization
  • Take care of intensity, speed and quality of passes, to avoid oppnents' pressure transmitting the ball within free triangles
  • Capability of the players to asociate triangles colors to their own possession phase or to their opponents possession phase (cognitive skills and quick processing)

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