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2 Zone Secure The Ball

Coaching Principles

This activity is designed to help coach the principle of Securing the Ball away from the opposition players as soon as you win the ball. As soon as the the defender wins the ball we want them to automatically pass the ball back to their own half as quickly as they can to Secure the Ball away from the other team who will try to win it back. This is the main coaching focus of this activity

Activity & Set Up

Set up a playing grid split into two halves with 3 or 4 players in each half. The blue team starts with the ball in their half of the grid and must try and keep possession of the ball in their half for as long as they can. One of the green players goes across into the blue half of the playing grid and will try to steal the ball from the blue team. When the green player wins the ball from the blue team they must pass the ball back into the green half of the playing grid where their team mates are waiting for the ball. The green player that won the ball and passed it back sprints back to the green half to join their team mates. The green team will then try to keep the ball as one of the blue players will come over to try and steal it back. The Primary Objective is to pass the ball back to your team mates as quickly as you can whenever you win possession. This gets the ball as far away from the players who are going to try and win it back from you.

When the green player wins the ball from the blue team they must pass the ball back into the green half of the playing grid where their team mates are waiting for the ball. The green player that won the ball and passed it back sprints back to the green half to join their team mates. The green team will then try to keep the ball as one of the blue players will come over to try and steal it back. The Primary Objective is to pass the ball back to your team mates as quickly as you can whenever you win possession. This gets the ball as far away from the players who are going to try and win it back from you.

Variations & Progressions

If the team in possession is keeping the ball too long then change the activity so that 2 players go over to try and win the ball back. remember this activity is about Securing the ball so we want to make sure there are turnovers of possession we do not want one of the teams keeping the ball for too long.

Coaching Points

How quickly can you secure the ball back to your team mates the other side of the playing grid? The quicker the better. Pass the ball as it will get there quicker don’t dribble unless you have to.

Get the ball as far away from where the pressure is going to come from. You want to get the ball to the Target player quickly and give your team mates time to get into the other side of the playing grid where you will try and keep possession.