Passing

Keeping possession is the key to winning and these soccer passing drills will help your team achieve that. The best passing teams dictate the play, conserve energy, make the best of their resources and score more goals. Passing is about technique, judgement and vision.These passing drills give you some great advice on how to coach these attributes to your players. Long passing, short passing, side foot passing and crossing are all dealt with. We also have great passing games to really sharpen your players’ passing skills.

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Tight Targets

Whether your training area is tight or you just want to work on possession skills, this session is perfect to coach players how to move the ball around neatly in a small space. Why use it This is a tight game with pressing, movement, support, skills and accurate passing. It’s brilliant for possession and to […]

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The X Files Passing Session

Help! My players don’t pass the ball

Question: Hola David! I have a team who are really good at pressing but they just don’t pass the ball enough, they just want to score which is good sometimes but I need them to pass more. Can you give me some advice please? Answer: Hope you are having a great season with your team. […]

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U11s Killer Pass Game

The killer pass – Barcelona are the experts at this … think Neymar to Messi! This game encourages players to play a deadly pass through the defence and it also helps players make a killer run – so you are coaching on the ball and off the ball movement. This game coaches the runner as […]

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6-player pass and receive session

This useful passing sequence is an excellent and enjoyable way for your players to acquire the passing skills needed for effective linking play. Why use it Passing sequences are a fun way to get young players accustomed to linking play and using the ball with good direction and weight. This helps with playing out from […]

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How to teach chipping

This simple game not only helps to develop the kind of soft touch your players will need to chip the ball, but it is also a fun way to pack up at the end of a training session too. Why use it Developing a soft touch to chip the ball with accuracy helps players learn […]

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One short, one long – movement explained

One short, one long is a rule used by teams that use two forwards. To disrupt defenders, one forward makes a short run towards the ball, and the other forward makes a long run into the space left by the first forward. This type of movement will create space for one of the forwards to receive a pass. David Clarke’s Soccer Tactics […]

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Many young players look at the ball when they should be scouring the pitch for opportunities of where they can pass it. If you can get their heads up for twice as long as they are at the moment, that's twice as many signals, runs and goalscoring opportunities they can spot.

Double vision

Many young players look at the ball when they should be scouring the pitch for opportunities of where they can pass it. If you can get their heads up for twice as long as they are at the moment, that’s twice as many signals, runs and goalscoring opportunities they can spot.

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10-player through ball game

Use this session to coach your players how to play through balls and make well-timed runs behind the defence, just like Lionel Messi. Why use it This is to get your strikers to link up and make runs behind the defence to get on the end of through passes. It is a great way to […]

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How switching play can make your team stronger

Watching the Euros instead of standing coaching my players gives me a good chance to see how some of the world’s greatest coaches approach games where the opposition poses different problems. Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte gave a wonderful performance in matches before they lost out to Germany on penalties. He was faced with two […]

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The Volley Pass

Your players need to have skills to beat their opponents and give your team the advantage on match days and a volley pass is a fast pass when team mates are in space for a long pass to catch out their opponents. Here’s how to do it… WHY USE IT A volley pass gives players […]

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