Soccer drill to make the most of a goalies pass

Successful distribution from the goalkeeper is a hallmark of a good side. Use this soccer drill to get players building from the back rather than launching the ball up field, hoping for the best.

Goalkeepers are key to passing

Statistically, one form of passing is surprisingly high in terms of overall success – passing by the goalkeeper. So use him. You can coach your players to move the ball from the goalkeeper through to the midfielders and into your opponents' half.

The objective in this soccer drill is to move the ball using only three passes and get it between the two cones.

image of drill to get players moving the ball using only 3 passes and getting it between the cones

Set up the soccer drill

Once the keeper distributes the ball to the outside back, the midfielder times a run and receives the ball. Emphasis is placed on the full back delivering a ball to the midfielder’s feet. The three passes must take your team across the dotted line in the diagram and score between the cones. Remember to tell your supporting players to hold their positions and move with the play.

Soccer coaching tips for retaining the ball

Your defending midfielders must make it difficult for the team in possession to move the ball. The grey team’s three man midfield are playing with two up and one back, so the emphasis is on movement up front to keep possession of the ball. Restart with the goalkeeper and switch players around.

Key soccer coaching tip: You can make the game more of a challenge by squeezing the width of the pitch.