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Know the direction of play (U8 game)

ATTACKING 1

Know the direction of play

ZIGZAG PASSING

“Understand that to score the ball must go forward”

In a 15 x 10 yards area set out a zigzag of five cones, with each cone 3 yards from the next. Put a player on the first four cones and give the first player a ball.

When you say “go”, the first player passes to the next in line and the players pass along to the end. As this is happening, the first player runs to the far cone to receive the final pass.

Play should then go back the other way with the player running back to the first cone. You need to swap players around after they have returned to the first cone so everyone gets a go and players get plenty of rest.

If you have enough players to set up two drills you can race them against each other. First to get to the far cone and back again wins!

The coach should make sure all passes and movement is correct in the race – playing under time pressure is a great way to develop skills.

How many players do I need?

This game uses four players in each set up. You can change the numbers of passers to suit your squad.

Game play

Although this is about movement you still want good passing and receiving technique.
Ask them why they are passing forward (to get to goal).
Passing, dribbling and movement.

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