How to play possession football

Keep running to a minimum if you want to dominate possession, says former Barcelona youth co-ordinator, Albert Capellas

Possession football is based around the principles of pass and move right? Wrong.

To keep the ball you have to play simple passes and hold your position, says former Barcelona youth co-ordinator Albert Capellas.

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"A lot of trainers say, 'Pass the ball and run', but what I say is the complete opposite," he tells FFT.

"I say, 'Pass the ball and stay', 'Pass the ball and find the right pass', 'Pass the ball and be ready'.

"Don't expend too much energy running because if you have to run a lot you are more tired and if you are more tired you're more likely to lose the ball."

Don't beat yourself up, we've all been getting it wrong. To make sure you get it right, hit play and drink in Capellas' knowledge.

Albert Capellas was talking at the Science + Football Conference. For more information visit

For more football tips see:
Jack Wilshere: How to keep possession
Mikel Arteta: Pass your opponents off the park
Andres Iniesta: How to boss the midfield
Play like Spain: Master the 1 v 1
Play like Spain: Fast combinations: Part one
Play like Spain: Fast combinations: Part two
Play like Spain: Pass under pressure
Play like Spain: Make the killer pass
Play like Spain: Fast finishing
Play like Spain: Training guides

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