I work my players every training session on keeping the ball. Small sided passing games that are opposed in overload situations are a key way to getting players used to keeping the ball by passing and moving under pressure. MORE
Long Pass Game
Use this session to train your players to hit a team-mate with pinpoint accuracy.
Why use it
Good long passing from side to side or to an advancing player is important to the development of young players. Having the ability to see when a good long pass can open up one side of the pitch or get players behind the defence is vital to the success of your team.
Set up an area of 40×30 yards with a 20×15-yard zone in the centre of the pitch. We’ve used 10 players in this session. You need bibs, balls, cones and two normal goals.
How to play
Play 5v5 including keepers. The game revolves around the centre zone where play is restricted to one touch but unlimited touches are allowed outside the zone on the flanks. Play a normal game around the centre zone, with throw-ins, corners and goal kicks.
Because players only have one touch in the central zone it will encourage them to keep the ball on the wings and make longer passes across the zone where it is easier to control the ball and make progress. It’s also good for players turning their bodies to face goal so they can make the one touch easier in the centre zone.