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Passing with purpose

An attacking team’s first priority when passing is to play positively towards a target. If they’re prevented from reaching that target, their second aim is to retain possession until they can find an opportunity to pass. This session focuses on risk and reward. Do your players pass or do they keep the ball?

What this session is about

  1. Passing and receiving.
  2. Possession.

What to think about

  • Passing technique. Are the players using the correct pace and being accurate?
  • Receiving technique. Are the players using movement to create space, having a good first touch into space, and deciding what to do with the ball before getting it?
  • Players can use either foot.
  • Are the defenders working hard to win possession?

Set-up

  • Set up a 20 yards by 20 yards playing area.
  • Divide your players into teams of four.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Each team has two players at diagonally opposite corners of the playing area, leaving a 2v2 in the middle. The object is for each central pair to pass the ball to their team mates located in the corners or keep possession until they can make the pass.

Whoever plays the pass to the corner must follow the ball and switch places with the corner player. Once a team has passed into one corner, they must attack the other diagonally opposite.

If the ball goes out of play or a pass to the corner is incomplete, possession is given to the other team.

Award two points for teams successfully attacking both corners without losing the ball, and one point for maintaining possession for five consecutive passes. First to 10 points wins.

The central white players combine passing and movement to create space for a pass to the corner.

The central white players combine passing and movement to create space for a pass to the corner.


Development

Limit the number of touches each player can have. For example, two-touches – one to control and one to pass.

The passing player must follow his pass and replace his team mate in the corner.

The passing player must follow his pass and replace his team mate in the corner.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in a 20 yards by 30 yards playing area with two five yards end zones. Teams aim to pass to one of their players in an end zone to receive a point. If they are successful, they then must attack the opposite end zone. A maximum of one player from each team is allowed in either end zone, and then only for five seconds at a time. First to 10 points wins.

Players are only allowed in the end zones for five seconds and look to receive a pass.

Players are only allowed in the end zones for five seconds and look to receive a pass.


What to call out

  • “Play with your heads up”
  • “If there’s a chance to play a longer pass, take it”
  • “Keep possession if you can’t hit your target”
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