- Grid with 4 players on each side and a small goal placed at both ends.
- Players on both teams assigned numbers from 1 to 4, matching the players directly across from them.
- Coach calls a number and passes the ball into centre to start the play.
- Players on both sides whose number has been called enter the middle and compete for the ball.
- Whichever player has the ball at any given moment must attempt to play three return passes off the outside players (from either side).
- Once this has been achieved, the attacking player can score in either goal.
- Whichever player doesn’t have the ball must attempt to rececover possession in order to become the attacker.
- Defending player can’t dispossess outside players, must focus on his man and look to intercept the return pass.
- Movements to lose marker and receive again: double movements, blindside movements, one-two’s, last second movements to arrive in space, etc.
- Receiving and passing principles: scan surrounding space and opponent before receiving, back foot receiving, back foot passing, half-turn receiving, directional touch into space/away from opponent, etc.
- Can also help defending player with angle of approach, focus on ball and wait for opportunity to dispossess, blocking off passes with cover shadow, agressive pressure on triggers: loose touch, hesitation, etc.
- Works best with small groups, so split into two grids if neccesary so that every player is heavily involved in action at all times.
- Can potentially allow 3rd man passing when direct passing lane to middle player is blocked off. i.e. outside player might pass to another outside player in order to access attacker behind cover shadow.
- The game isn’t yellow vs red, so the player in possession can play return passes with the players on both sides.