INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Pass and move like Barcelona

Rapid one-touch passing as performed by Barcelona week-in week-out requires quick brains as well as quick feet. This demanding session puts both to the test.

What this session is about

Using sharp, accurate passing to move the ball quickly.

What to think about

Player should use the correct passing techniques. For a side foot pass, players need to:

  • Have their belly button facing the target.
  • Have the inside of their foot at a right angle to the ball.
  • Follow through the ball’s horizontal mid-line.
  • Strike the ball with the correct weight so the pace is right.

However, you should let players find creative solutions to keep the exercise moving. Players receiving the ball need to:

  • Be on their toes.
  • Watch the movement of the ball and other players.
  • Time their runs so they coincide with the arrival of the ball.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes20-25 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

One player starts in the middle of the area with three other players each starting on a corner cone. This leaves a cone spare, as in the top picture.

There are several rules for this drill:

  1. An outside player must play a one-two with the central player so the outside player can run to the spare cone.
  2. Immediately after a one-two, the outside player must pass to the next outside player.
  3. There will not be a spare cone to run to so the second outside player will pass the ball to the next outside player on his right.
  4. The third outside player can play a one-two with the central players and run to the spare cone.
  5. Continue this pattern of passing in an anticlockwise direction.

Rotate the central player after about a minute.

One player goes in the centre while three others play passes and run around the edge of the area.

One player goes in the centre while three others play passes and run around the edge of the area.


Development

Introduce a second ball to the exercise. There are several rules for this drill:

  1. The balls start in diagonally opposite corners. The first passes are made at the same time.
  2. If there is an empty cone to the player’s right he plays a one-two with the central player and runs to the cone.
  3. If there is a player to the right, he passes to that player.
  4. Continue this pattern of passing in an anticlockwise direction.

Rotate the central player after about a minute.

Now use two balls. The exercise has to work by each player on the outside going round in one direction.

Now use two balls. The exercise has to work by each player on the outside going round in one direction.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in an area 30 yards long by 20 yards wide. Create two five-yard-wide zones – containing lots of balls – in from each touchline, as in the bottom picture. This makes the pitch narrower so players have to use quick skills and passing combinations.

The players make a pass-in using the nearest ball in the channel if the ball goes out of play. Any player can go in goal. The team which scores most goals wins.

Play 4v4 in a small channel with balls along the side so play can continue quickly when a play goes out of play.

Play 4v4 in a small channel with balls along the side so play can continue quickly when a play goes out of play.


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