EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Pass the ball 3 yards to a team mate (U8 game)

BALL CONTROL 1

Pass the ball 3 yards to a team mate

ODDS AND EVENS

“Look to where the pass is going” • “Use the inside of the foot or the laces”

Set up an area with measuring 15 x 15 yards. Divide six players into two groups of three, and give one group bibs so that the two teams are in different colours.

The aim of the game is for players to pass the ball to the opposite colour each time so it goes red to yellow, yellow to red.

You can change the activity and add another ball so they are just passing in their threes. Alternatively, you can call out colour combinations that they have to follow, such as red, red, yellow, yellow.

Encourage the players to move around the area. You can add squares of cones as “no entry” zones, which will force them to spread out more.

Use the Call Out phrases as they are passing to remind them what they should be doing.

How many players do I need?

I used six players with two teams of three players but any combinations of numbers will work.

Game play

Players should know that they pass to the player in a different colour.
Ask them to try and move to make passing easier.
Passing and movement.

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