EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Positive forward passing

If players are able to make a positive pass into attacking areas they must be prepared to support play and ensure that players in advanced positions do not get isolated.

What this session is about

  1. Making the most of possession of the ball.
  2. Movement to support a pass.

What to think about

The aim of keeping possession of the ball is to work your opponent’s legs in order to open up spaces to attack.

Some teams do this very well. However, they do not reap the benefits of their good possession as they play too many square or backward passes.

It is vitally important that players focus on making good, forward attacking passes and then make supporting runs in order to get beyond defenders and into goalscoring positions.

Set-up

  • 30×40 yard area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes5 minutes15 minutes20 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

In pairs, players make short passes using two touches over ten yards. Next they move backwards to a distance of 30 yards apart and play low, driven passes over the longer distance.

Combine the passing styles and introduce the need to support the forward pass.

Combine the passing styles and introduce the need to support the forward pass.


Development

Put the players into groups of three with two players starting at one end, and one opposite. The development combines both of the passing ranges as the two players combine with a short one-two before a low driven pass is made to the player opposite.

The player making the long pass follows the ball to play a one-two at the opposite side and the sequence repeats in the opposite direction.

In the game players must find a target player with a forward pass.

In the game players must find a target player with a forward pass.


Game situation

In a small-sided game each team must nominate two target players to play on the goal line – one either side of the goal. To score a goal a pass must first be made into the two target players who then set the ball back to a supporting runner.

The supporting runner does not have to be the player who made the initial pass.

Rotate the players so that everyone has a turn working as a target player.

The target player can lay the ball off for any team mate to score.

The target player can lay the ball off for any team mate to score.


What to call out

  •  “Can you play forward”
  •  “Don’t rush the pass if it’s not on”
  •  “Support the pass”
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