This three-part practice develops players’ ability to receive the ball ready to shoot. By STEVE OAKES MORE
Pass the ball 3 yards to a team mate (U8 activity)
BALL CONTROL 1
Pass the ball 3 yards to a team mate
PASSING IN PAIRS
“Look to where the pass is going” • “Use the inside of the foot or the laces”
Set up a 3 x 3 yards area with a cone on each corner. Put a player on each cone.
When you say “go”, players pass across the square from corner to corner. The added difficulty is that they must concentrate on their own passes and not hit the ball of the other pair as they pass and receive.
You want to hear plenty of communication during this activity, the players need to be calling for the ball, telling their partner they are ready to receive it.
You can easily adapt the activity so the players pass a ball around the square rather than play across the square so it goes from corner to corner around the square.
How many players do I need?
You need four players in two pairs per square.