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Passing and running off the ball

This practice encourages players to support their passes. It will get them communicating and develop their appreciation for playing the ball and running into space.

What this session is about

  1.  Making runs off of the ball to create time and space to receive a pass.

What to think about

  •  Communication is vital.
    Set the standard for your players. When they are playing a wall-pass or overlap with you in the initial practice, make sure you shout the player’s name when you are making the return pass. Tell your players to shout “coach” when they play the first ball to you and also when they run to receive your return.
  •  If your players are struggling, give them a target area. Mark out a target square using four cones. Tell passing players to get the ball to stop in this area and the player running off the ball will have a clear destination for their run.

Set-up

  •  40 x 30 yard area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The outside player passes into the coach and the non receiving player makes a run off the ball and communicates to receive a pass from the coach.
The ball is played into the middle player who plays a quick wall pass with the coach. The player can make a run for a one-two or overlap after passing.

Start by playing a wall pass yourself to show your players the weight and direction they need on the pass.

Start by playing a wall pass yourself to show your players the weight and direction they need on the pass.


Development

The ball is passed into one of the central players and then set back to the original passer. The other central player makes a run into space to receive a through pass from the starting player. Now two middle players work for a set time period. The outside player passes into the two middle
players and makes a 3rd man run, quickly the two centre players combine and then play a through pass to the outside player.

The development encourages movement to support the initial pass.

The development encourages movement to support the initial pass.


Game situation

Play a game and look for movement off the ball and passing options to the player in possession.

This time the starting player makes a 3rd man run to receive the ball into space.

This time the starting player makes a 3rd man run to receive the ball into space.


What to call out

  • “Work with each other”
  •  “Create an angle to receive”
  •  “Move off the ball”
  •  “Talk!”
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