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Passing and receiving soccer drill
A soccer drill working on constant passing, which uses match-like situations and a bit of competition to give it an edge, is an effective way to coach your players to be ready for soccer matches.
Great for passing, agility and building fitness
Passing and first-touch of two of the most important soccer skills you can teach a young soccer player. I came across a soccer drill recently that I just had to share with you. It is great for passing and agility but it also has a little bit of fitness in there, too.
Run, pass, receive, control, pass
Use two players and four cones for this soccer drill. In the diagram the player at the bottom runs left to right and gives a square pass to the player on the opposite side. The top player does the same thing from right to left. Both players must keep up with play to receive, then pass. So it is a constantly moving soccer drill with first touch skills and good passing vital to its effectiveness.
Soccer drill tips
If your player makes a bad touch, he will have to work a little bit harder to get it back which is exactly what he would have to do in a game.
Making the drill competitive
You can extend this soccer drill by adding some competition, combining skills with fitness. Whenever you can do this in an soccer drill, it adds to its value.
After 10 touches, get your players to sprint to the 18 yard line and see who can get back to their positions first.
You will see that by adding a little bit of competitiveness to it, the pace picks up and the skill level goes up a notch. Once your players are doing the soccer drill in competition with each other, you’ve created a skill-building drill.
Key soccer coaching tip: First-touch is vital, coupled with a good inside-foot pass.
Click here for a game to work on team passing skills.