Return to play: fast combinations

Please check out the latest sport and social distancing guidelines in your area, and follow the recommendations when planning training sessions. This is a game that encourages fast combination play and quick reactions that players need when they have won the ball.They will look to pass quickly and accurately over long and short distances to help teams keep possession of the ball in all areas of the pitch.

Why use it

It coaches young players to time runs and passes in key areas of the pitch.

Set up

You need balls, bibs and cones in an area 20 x 12 yards. We used 5 players in the session.

Fast Combinations

How to do it

Play so there is one player on the top right cone, three players at the start and a working player. Play starts with a one-two between the blue working player and the first player then the ball is passed to the player in the top corner, so play goes one-two then a longer pass into the corner. The working player follows the ball around the pitch passing one-two and long. This should be one touch but if players are finding this hard go two touch.


Passing, receiving and movement – communication between players is vital for this to happen.

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