Mastering possession


Half pitch


Balls, poles

No. of players


Session time

Floating keepers game 10mins, Goals game 25mins

This is a competitive session devised of two similar games. It involves players being put under pressure in keeping possession, and also enhances fitness, passing, decision-making and communication.

We practise this because the modern game demands that all 11 players are comfortable in possession of the ball, from front to back.

What do I get the players to do?

Floating keepers game

Teams are two- or three-touch, and score in this 10v10 game by completing 10 consecutive passes (1). Keepers are neutral and two-touch.


• In the Floating Keepers game, both sides can combine with the three floating keepers as they aim to make 10 consecutive passes (scoring a point if successful)

We increase difficulty by making teams strictly two-touch, and keepers one-touch.

Goals game

In the Goals game, each keeper protects a goal, which is five yards wide. The defending team now works with the keepers to repel the attacking threat (2). Attackers score in the goals, while defenders are still awarded a point by making 10 passes.


• In the Goals game, defenders work with their keepers – who are now each positioned in front of a goal – to repel the attacking threat. Their objective is to retain possession for 10 passes


• If attackers win possession they can attack any of the three goals

What are the key things to look out for?

We’re looking for players making angles with good movement to receive the ball. An accomplished first touch is important, with a focus on weight and quality of passing. We want to see quick one-twos and sharp reactions from the keepers, in the form of neat footwork (in the first game) or shot-stopping (in the second).


  • Ball movementBall movement
  • Player movementPlayer movement
  • DribbleDribble
  • Optional movementOptional movement