EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Pass and move

Make ball-watching a thing of the past on your team. Too often players will pass the ball and either admire their work or think their job is done. Get them moving with this fast session.

What this session is about

  1. Passing.
  2. Receiving.
  3. Keeping possession.

What to think about

  • Quick, accurate, simple passing.
  • Use good movement to create space – pull wide and check movement.
  • Turn half the body to receive with the back foot.
  • Use a good first touch away from defenders and into space.
  • Play with the head up.
  • Make a new angle to receive the next pass.

Set-up

Use an area 30 yards long by 20 yards wide split diagonally for the session and add a cone goal at each end for the development. The diagonal lines will create four zones.

The game situation uses the same size area and uses two goals but does not require diagonal zones.

If you have more players, simply create another area for two more teams to play on.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes20 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Play a game of “keep ball” between two small-sided teams but with the condition that every time a player makes a pass they can only receive another pass once they are in, or after they have at least entered and moved back out again of, another zone.

Teams can have more than one player in each zone.

To progress, award points to a team for completing three passes without the opposition intercepting the ball. To progress further, play two-touch.

Play “keep ball” but each player has to move into another zone before receiving the ball again.

Play “keep ball” but each player has to move into another zone before receiving the ball again.


Development

Add a small goal at each end of the area. Now play a small-sided game with each team attacking and defending one goal, but retain the passing condition.

Add a cone goal at each end so teams are able to score goals.

Add a cone goal at each end so teams are able to score goals.


Game situation

Now play a small-sided game without the zones – which will allow players to take up more defensive and attacking positions – but encourage players to maintain the level of movement practised in the previous drills.

Swap teams regularly and keep scores so you know which players have been on the winning side most.

Remove the zones but encourage players to maintain their passing and moving as before.

Remove the zones but encourage players to maintain their passing and moving as before.


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