Anaerobic training using a possession game

Gary Phillips, 21 May 2024


Futsal players are tasked with constantly being on the move during both the in- and out-of-possession phases. A key objective of any futsal training programme is to ensure that players are physically prepared to cope with such demands.


  • Mark out a 15m x 20m exercise area.

  • Set up a 3v3 plus 1 scenario inside the exercise area.


  • The objective for both teams is to retain possession for as long as possible.

  • The neutral player plays for the in-possession team.

  • The exercise involves 60 seconds of play followed by a 40-second rest. This sequence is repeated 4 or 5 times.

  • If the ball goes out of play, the coach introduces a new ball.

Variation 1

  • Players are limited to 2 touches.

Variation 2

  • A team are awarded a point each time they complete 10 passes. 

Variation 3

  • One player on each team is added on the outside of the exercise area. This player is limited to 1 touch.

Coaching points

  • Players should make good movement to receive the ball.

  • Out-of-possession players should press opponents aggressively.

  • Players should perform the exercise at high intensity.

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