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Although this game is heavily weighted in favour of the passing team, the
need to make 10 consecutive passes puts pressure on the players in a
If the defender does manage to force a mistake, he needs to show stamina
and composure to make his efforts count by scoring a goal. Collective pressure and individual responsibility are key elements of what
makes players and teams successful.
How to set it up:
This game uses two teams of four players.
One works as the passing team. The other works as defenders, though only one player works at a time.
Create a playing area measuring 40×25 yards.
At one end, place a goal and goalkeeper.
At the other, mark out a 10-yard square centred on the far touchline.
The passing team of four players works in the 10-yard square, passing
the ball around and attempting to retain possession.
One at a time, each player in the defending team must enter the area
and attempts to win possession from the passers.
If the defending player manages to force a mistake or win possession,
he leaves the ball where it is and runs towards the other goal. Receiving a pass from you, he tries to score past the keeper.
The defending team gains a point for each goal scored.
The passing team scores a point for each set of 10 consecutive passes.
When the passing team manages to make 10 consecutive passes, the
defender is replaced.
Each defender has two attempts at winning the ball in the 10-yard
square during each game.
Swap teams and repeat the game so players experience both roles.
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