Passing

Keeping possession is the key to winning and these soccer passing drills will help your team achieve that. The best passing teams dictate the play, conserve energy, make the best of their resources and score more goals. Passing is about technique, judgement and vision.These passing drills give you some great advice on how to coach these attributes to your players. Long passing, short passing, side foot passing and crossing are all dealt with. We also have great passing games to really sharpen your players’ passing skills.

Technique in Tight Spaces

Technique in Tight Spaces

Watch the touch and ability to use all parts of the feet in tight spaces on the pitch from creative players like Eden Hazard and get your players to develop their creative side. Why use it This is a very good technical practice for players of all ability to hone their technique when receiving and […]

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15 Minute Pass and Rotation

15 Minute Pass and Rotation

By Noel Mitchell, Northern Ireland Under 17s Girls Coach and Elite Soccer contributor This is a warm-up session in the form of a match-related drill. Flexibility is key in this practice, from building up play from out wide to encouraging players to come inside and play narrow. The drill uses a combination of short, lofted […]

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Off the Line Tactic

Off the Line Tactic

Off the line describes a wide player who moves from a wide area into central areas to receive the ball. The term refers to his movement off the touchline. A player can move into space from the wide areas to exploit a team that is blocking your wingers – needs good weight of pass and awareness […]

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Tight Targets

Whether your training area is tight or you just want to work on possession skills, this session is perfect to coach players how to move the ball around neatly in a small space. Why use it This is a tight game with pressing, movement, support, skills and accurate passing. It’s brilliant for possession and to […]

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The X Files Passing Session

Help! My players don’t pass the ball

Question: Hola David! I have a team who are really good at pressing but they just don’t pass the ball enough, they just want to score which is good sometimes but I need them to pass more. Can you give me some advice please? Answer: Hope you are having a great season with your team. […]

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U11s Killer Pass Game

The killer pass – Barcelona are the experts at this … think Neymar to Messi! This game encourages players to play a deadly pass through the defence and it also helps players make a killer run – so you are coaching on the ball and off the ball movement. This game coaches the runner as […]

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6-player pass and receive feature

6-player pass and receive session

This useful passing sequence is an excellent and enjoyable way for your players to acquire the passing skills needed for effective linking play. Why use it Passing sequences are a fun way to get young players accustomed to linking play and using the ball with good direction and weight. This helps with playing out from […]

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How to teach chipping

This simple game not only helps to develop the kind of soft touch your players will need to chip the ball, but it is also a fun way to pack up at the end of a training session too. Why use it Developing a soft touch to chip the ball with accuracy helps players learn […]

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One short, one long – movement explained

One short, one long is a rule used by teams that use two forwards. To disrupt defenders, one forward makes a short run towards the ball, and the other forward makes a long run into the space left by the first forward. This type of movement will create space for one of the forwards to receive a pass. David Clarke’s Soccer Tactics […]

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Many young players look at the ball when they should be scouring the pitch for opportunities of where they can pass it. If you can get their heads up for twice as long as they are at the moment, that's twice as many signals, runs and goalscoring opportunities they can spot.

Double vision

Many young players look at the ball when they should be scouring the pitch for opportunities of where they can pass it. If you can get their heads up for twice as long as they are at the moment, that’s twice as many signals, runs and goalscoring opportunities they can spot.

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