Long passes can be a key way to open up an opposition defence or to find space on the pitch by switching play. A great way to help young players to spot longer passing options and to see beyond the first players in their line of vision. MORE
Support the pass
When playing the ball forward to a team mate, players need to make runs to support the pass and give the receiving player an option for his next move. This session looks at movement off the ball.
What this session is about
- Passing technique.
- Movement off the ball to support a pass.
- Decision making in possession.
What to think about
All players must be able to demonstrate a full range of passes. These include along the ground, lofted, curled and driven.
After passing, players must now be able to move off their pass and make a run to offer support to the receiving player.
Often the receiving player will be under immediate pressure from opponents so having more than one supporting runner is essential to giving the receiving player a passing option and the team retaining possession.
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What you get your players to do
Use two groups of players to complete two slightly different passing exercises.
To start, place one player in the middle of a 20-yard area, as in the top picture.
1) A player (A) at one end passes to the middle player (B) and runs to support the pass. B now passes back to A, who passes to a player at the opposite end (C). A then runs to the opposite end. Change the man in the middle regularly.
2) In this exercise, the middle man is changed constantly. The first player at one end passes to the middle player and runs to receive a return pass. Now the first player passes to the player at the opposite end and waits in the middle. The player who was in the middle now runs to other end and joins the back of that line. The activity continues in the same way from end to end.
Mark out a square with coned-off corners, as shown in the middle picture.
Put two teams, with six players each, inside the pitch. Two players from each team go into the corners diagonally opposite each other.
The aim for each team is to pass and switch play from one of its corner players to the other (or back to the same corner player) by using a minimum of three passes and supporting runs to score a point.
Rotate corner players regularly.
Progress the game to include mini goals along each side, as in the bottom picture.
The same rules apply as in the development section. However, now after switching the ball to the outside player, the players inside the pitch must make supporting runs to receive a return pass and shoot at any of the mini goals.
This rule will see more than one of the players making a run to support as the corner players can pass to their left or right towards any of the open goals.
Again, rotate corner players regularly. The team that scores most goals wins.