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 three pillars of attack
Dribbling, passing and receiving the ball are three vital skills needed to launch attacks and subsequently score goals.
This simple drill helps reinforce these basic techniques.
What this session is about
- Short passing.
- Receiving the ball.
- Improving dribbling skills and close control.
What to think about
- Passing – belly button facing target; non-kicking foot alongside ball; sidefoot through horizontal mid-line; weight; accuracy; follow through.
- Dribbling – keep ball within playing distance; use inside/outside of both feet; quick, small steps; head up.
- Receiving – in line with ball; cushion ball on impact to the side, but not too far.
- Use an area 10 yards by 15 yards with four cones placed at the half way point of each of the four sides. Use two sets of slalom dribble courses made up of four cones each on the longer sides starting from diagonally opposite corners, but only stretching to the half way line.
- 8-12 players.
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What you get your players to do
Put one player at each of the mid-point cones on the 10-yard lines. Split the remaining players into two groups at diagonally opposite corners.
The first player in each group dribbles through the slalom cones. They then pass the ball back to the player at the centre of the 10-yard line.
After passing, they run to the central position they just passed to. The player on the 10-yard line passes the ball to the next player in line to dribble through the slalom course, and joins the back of the line. Make sure players use both feet to pass and dribble and that the ball is constantly moving.
Add an extra player at the opposite end of the two 15-yard lines to the slalom course. The drill starts as before, but this time the player on the 10-yard line passes diagonally the length of the playing area to the new player, and then follows the pass.
The new player passes to the next player in line, who will dribble through the slalom course. The new player joins the queue. The drill continues.
Play 4v4 in an area 20 yards by 35 yards with two five-yard end zones. Teams score points by either dribbling into the end zone or by passing to a team mate who has entered the end zone.
A maximum of one player from each team is allowed in either end zone, and then only for five seconds. If a team successfully reaches one end zone, it must attack the opposite end zone, starting with a “free” pass. The first team to reach their opponents’ end zone five times wins.
What to call out
- “Keep the ball moving”
- “Keep the ball close”
- “Keep your head up”