Soccer drill to get players creating a space before receiving a pass

Coach your players to create space before receiving a pass. By using these soccer skills, your players will avoid immediate pressure, giving themselves time to make good decisions with the ball and a chance to execute them.
What your players should think about in this soccer drill

  • Move away at an angle so the defender follows.

  • Cut back quickly into the space created, leaving the defender trailing.
  • Accelerate into space.
  • Move too soon or too late to receive the pass and the space might be closed down.
  • Communication – verbal, eye contact, movement.
  • Variation – attack the space behind the defender.

Soccer drill session to get players making space before receiving a pass

Soccer (football) drill set up

  • Set up an area 20 yards by 20 yards.

  • Split your squad into teams of three, including one server, one attacker and one defender.

How to run the soccer drill

  • The forward takes up a position facing the server on the edge of the area, with a defender, who is passive to begin with, marking behind. The forward creates space before receiving a pass from the server.

  • The soccer drill ends with the forward in control of the ball.
  • Rotate the players in the soccer drill, so everyone practises being the forward.

How to develop the soccer drill

  • Using the same area, put one server at each corner outside the playing area, with a ball each.

  • The other players pair up inside the playing area with one being the attacker and the other the defender.
  • The forward must break free of the defender, receive a ball from any server and play it back without losing possession.
  • Soccer drill progressions include the forward taking two or three touches before returning the ball, and returning the ball to a different server.
  • Be sure to rotate players in this drill.
  • Develop the soccer drill by playing 2v2 in the same area, with a target player camped on opposite touch lines. A team wins a point for moving the ball from one target player to the other without losing possession.
  • The opponents win possession by tackling or intercepting the ball, or if it goes out of play. Target players can move along their line and should be rotated throughout.

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