INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Passing diamond

Passing the ball at speed will improve your players’ skills in one of the most vital areas of the game – keeping possession. The “passing diamond” will help you teach variations which can be used to lethal effect on match day.

What this session is about

  1. Creating and exploiting space down the wings.
  2. Supporting a team mate with the ball.
  3. Movement off the ball.

What to think about

  • Make a positive run outside of a team mate with the ball.
  • Use clear communication – call for the ball: let the player with the ball know when to hold or release it.
  • Players receiving the ball need to look up so they can make their pass accurately to the next receiver.
  • Make the right movement whether in possession or making a run.

Set-up

Use an area 15 yards long and 10 yards wide for the session and development. For the game situation, use an area 20 yards long by 30 yards wide.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

This session will test your players’ passing abilities and have them working fast. Set up your players as in the top picture.

  • C passes to B then runs behind B.
  • B passes to A, who passes to C on the run.
  • C receives the ball and passes D.
  • D begins the process again but passes and runs behind A. C and D join the back of the opposite lines.

Swap A and B regularly so everyone plays in the middle of the area.

The passing diamond makes your players work quickly in a continuous exercise.

The passing diamond makes your players work quickly in a continuous exercise.


Development

Once A has received the ball from D, he can either pass to B, as described in the session, or “hold” the ball and pass directly to the overlapping player (see middle picture).

Introduce a third variation where B can fake to pass to the overlapping player before passing to the first player in the next line.

The receiving player is free to choose any of the three variations.

Again, swap A and B regularly so everyone plays in the middle of the area.

To progress, A can hold the ball rather than pass to B, and when D calls for it, A passes short to D.

To progress, A can hold the ball rather than pass to B, and when D calls for it, A passes short to D.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game with the goals on the longer touchlines, making the pitch wide.

This allows overlaps to take place using the width of the pitch. Award bonus points for goals scored following one of the overlap variations outlined above.

Using a short but wide pitch, play a small-sided game. Award bonus points for goals scored using any of the diamond passing variations.

Using a short but wide pitch, play a small-sided game. Award bonus points for goals scored using any of the diamond passing variations.


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