Inner Circle

The Rules

Position three to four players in the small inner circle while two teams of three or four players play in the outer circle. The players in the outer circle may not enter the inner circle.

Each team in the outer circle has a ball and can score a point by passing the ball across the inner circle to a team mate on the other side.

Passes must be below waist height and must go between at least two defenders to count. The ball must be controlled in the outer circle.

Play the first team to ten points and then switch the defenders.


Improves low driven passes with pace to beat defenders.

Key Skills

Angles to receive, head up, striking ball firmly, and first touch/control.

Set Up

Area: Large circle with smaller one inside, the size is dependent on the age of players
Players: 12
Equipment: Balls

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Inner Circle Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

Players in outer circle attempt to cross through
inner circle to team mates on the other side.


Inner Circle Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

Introduce one touch passing into space to
force players to react quickly.


Inner Circle Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

The two teams in outer circle compete against each other using one ball.

What To Call Out

“Good angles”
“Split pass”


  •  The passing team must play one touch. Passes can be made into space for a team mate to react.
  •  Use only one ball and the two teams on the outside compete, but they still must not enter the inner circle.
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