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Just passing through

Good, progressive, passing football involves moving the ball forward by breaking through defensive lines and slipping passes between defenders. Use this session to help your players learn this simple, yet devastating, skill.

What this session is about

  1. Passing the ball accurately.
  2. Adding purpose to possession.
  3. Penetrating defensive lines.

What to think about

Players must:

  • Create space by pulling wide and deep of opponents.
  • Consider accuracy, weight and timing of passes.
  • Display good receiving technique – e.g. first touch into space.
  • Look for spaces between opponents.
  • Be patient, but play the “killer” pass when the chance comes.
  • See where other players are (team mates and opponents) before receiving the ball.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10-15 minutes5-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area and play 2v2v2. Two teams combine to play “keep ball” against the third team, as shown in the top picture. If the third team wins the ball or it goes out of play (restart with a passin), the team that lost possession has to then defend against the other two teams.

Each team wins a point: (A) For intercepting the ball when defending, (B) when one player makes a successful pass that splits the defenders, (C) for being involved in an uninterrupted 10-pass sequence (if this occurs, the attacking team with the most points switches roles with the defenders).

In a 2v2v2 game, two teams pair up to try and keep the ball away from the other team.

In a 2v2v2 game, two teams pair up to try and keep the ball away from the other team.


Development

Set up a 30-yard square with a 10-yard area in the centre of it (adjust both areas according to the age of your players).

Play 6v6. The team in possession cannot enter the central zone, but must attempt to pass the ball across it (the pass can cross adjoining sides of the square).

The defending team has two players in the central zone to intercept passes. If either defender is successful, both move into the larger area, with the one who intercepted the pass dribbling out before passing to any team mate.

Meanwhile, two players from the other team now enter the central zone, and the drill continues with the team roles reversed.

The roles are also reversed if: The ball goes out of play, if the four defenders in the larger playing area win possession, or if a team scores four points in row.

Teams score points for: (A) A successful pass across the central zone (two points if it splits the defenders), (B) completing a certain number of passes on any part of the pitch.

In a 6v6, two players from one team try to cut out through passes within the central square.

In a 6v6, two players from one team try to cut out through passes within the central square.


Game situation

Play 5v5 (plus two target players) in an area that has a five-yard zone at each end. Place a target player in each end zone, as shown in the bottom picture.

Teams score one point for successfully finding a target player. Once a team finds one, it receives the ball back and tries to pass to the target player at the opposite end.

The team that scores most points wins.

Two teams try to pass to a target player at each end, then the other end without losing possession.

Two teams try to pass to a target player at each end, then the other end without losing possession.


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