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
The passing rectangle
Whether it’s playing a through ball, switching the play or simply maintaining possession, being able to pass accurately and with the right weight is critical to your team’s chances of success.
What this session is about
- Passing accurately using different techniques.
- Receiving the ball.
What to think about
- The ball must be struck with pace but also be well “weighted” so a team mate can control, or even pass first time, with a minimum of effort.
- Use of all parts of both feet such as the instep, outside of the foot and laces, for example.
- Good communication.
- Receiving the ball with a good first touch.
Four players (A, B, C and D) use an area measuring 10 yards by 20 yards. One ball per group.
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What you get your players to do
Each player must alternate their passes between a short pass and a diagonal pass. This prepares players to take up a position to move the ball quickly to their next target. So A passes to C, who returns the ball. Then A passes diagonally to D, who passes to C and so on.
A third type of pass is introduced to complicate the exercise. Each player must alternate their passes between short, diagonal and across the longest side of the triangle. This encourages players to think about where they must pass when they next receive the ball.
Limit players to two touches each.
Place a player in the four corners of an area measuring 40 yards by 25 yards. Two teams of equal sides play a passing game in the centre, scoring points when they hit either a long or short pass accurately to one of their team mates in one of the corners. No player from either side is allowed to enter these zones. Condition the game so that a long pass to a team mate or target player must be hit by, say, every fourth pass.
What to call out
- “Concentrate on technique.”
- “The weight of the pass is crucial.”
- “Keep the ball moving.”