EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

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.

Passing for possession

Passing in threes

in Passing, Small Sided Games

In this game there will be lots of touches of the ball and technique to get passes between players. Movement is also key to what happens in the session. Set up You need a ball and a 16×16-yard area. We’ve used nine players in the session. You will also need bibs and cones. How to... MORE

How to coach the elevator pass - part 1

The elevator pass

in Passing, Practice plans

A lofted pass enables players to send the ball over longer distances. This can elevate your team’s chances of moving the ball into more attacking positions or clear from danger. MORE

Score more goals

Creative in the box

in Attacking, Passing

If you want to see your players create more scoring opportunities in the penalty area, use this session to improve movement and creativity in the attacking third of the pitch MORE

How to coach one-touch wonders - part 1

One-touch wonders

in Passing, Practice plans

The ability to increase the speed of an attack through rapid one-touch passing can leave opposing defences in a spin. Teach your players how to do it with this session. MORE

How to coach switch drills- part 1

The switch

in Passing, Practice plans

When your team attacks, a quick switch of play can be used to create space on the opposite side of the pitch. This can often lead to opportunities to dribble into space or attack the opponent in a 1v1 or 2v1 situation. Here is how you can teach your players these skills. MORE

How to coach possesion play drills- part 1

Possession play

in Passing, Practice plans

Developing a calm and composed attitude when in possession of the ball will help your team. A great way to learn how to do this is with fun, small-sided games. MORE

How to coach switching play- part 1

Switch up

in Passing, Practice plans

When one side of the pitch is blocked by the opposition it is vital to “switch play” and move the attack to the opposite side of the field. A switch of play is used to create space to attack on the wings and may involve a 1v1 or 2v1 situation on that side of the pitch. MORE

How to coach distance passing - part 1

Distance Passing

in Passing, Practice plans

It’s important to be able to pass the ball over long distances because it’s often the quickest way to exploit the space behind a defence, or the fastest method of switching the point of attack and so create space. MORE

Passing in threes

Final pass Rondo

in Passing, Rondos

Creative play in and around the final third needs players to see opportunities to get the ball through to attackers behind the defence. This session helps develop their passing vision MORE

Movement and possession

Find the free player

in Passing, Warm Ups

This warm up is ideal for training sessions about retaining possession and finding players in key positions. This concept is really important for teams that manage to have the lion’s share of possession in games yet find the opposition denying them space in the final third. MORE

How to coach space race drill - part 1

Space race

in Passing, Practice plans

If players want to receive a pass, rather than standing around waiting for a team mate to play one in their direction, they have to create space for themselves – in tight spots that means shaking off close markers. MORE

How to coach how to create space - part 1

Check in, check out

in Passing, Practice plans

A couple of sudden darting movements are all your players need to shake off a defender and create enough space to receive a pass. This session will help your players create chaos for the opposition. MORE

How to coach players to keep their head up - part 1

Always on the look-out

in Passing, Practice plans

Even when not in possession, good footballers play with their head up to be aware of what’s going on around them. This means when the ball comes their way they can make well-informed and quick decisions and are more likely to make good use of the ball. MORE

How to coach eye spy drill - part 1

Eye spy

in Passing, Practice plans

Good footballers keep their heads up as much as possible – even when not in possession – to take constant “pictures” of what’s going on around them. This allows them to make good, quick decisions when the ball comes their way, and stay one step ahead of the opposition. MORE


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