The long pass advances from a short pass in that accuracy becomes vital over longer distances so technique must be practised. Use these four activities to hone the technique among your players. For beginners: Play the fun game Long and Short Of It to teach young players the art of passing the ball across longer... MORE
Behind Enemy Lines
The groups go into each of the zones with the two end zones representing allied units, the middle zone play as an enemy unit. The ball is a package that must be delivered behind enemy lines.
One of the units starts with the package, passing amongst themselves.
They must get the package into the opposite end zone with a pass – below head height – through the enemy’s line.
If the pass is intercepted or miss hit out of the area the unit must switch with the enemy.
Count the number of completed passes through enemy lines in a specified time – 3 minutes, say – if the ball has not been intercepted by then.
Passing through the opposition, getting behind defenders, defensive shape, anticipation.
Area: 45×30 yard area divided into 3, 15 yard zones
Players: 12, 3 teams of 4
Equipment: 1 ball
What To Call Out
“Deliver the package”
“Drive the ball through a gap”
Allow one member of the enemy unit to apply pressure by entering one of the end zones to try and steal the package.
Similarly, one player can drop into the opposite end zone to try and intercept the package.
This is a more advanced game, calling on teamwork, decision making – when to press and when to drop off – and accurate passing.