Fast pass game

Ball control in tight areas is vital to building a successful team that can play through the thirds. The overloads in this session help players to develop their ability to pass and receive

Great session for playing through tight midfield to get ball into attack – helps players deal with possession in tight spaces and ball control. Good session for building confidence in passing and movement

Set up

You need balls, bibs and cones. Mark out a 30×10 yard area split into three zones. We used 16 players in the session.

How to play it

Spit your players into 11 attackers and 5 defenders. Arrange them into zones so the outer two zones are 4 attackers v 2 defenders and the centre zone is 3 attackers and 1 defender. Play one- or two-touch (depending on ability). The attacking team begins with the ball in zone one, with the intention of passing it into zone 2 where the defender aims to prevent the ball making it to the other end. If attackers are successful, play now comes back the other way. There must be 2 passes in each zone (change the number of passes to make it harder/easier.
Each movement of the ball from one end to the other scores a point. Switch the defenders every three goes.


This practice rehearses movement, angles, short passes, body shape, weight of pass and decision-making.

    1. Play starts in the first zone with the players in possession making two passes before moving the ball into the next zone.
    2. The defending players must try to block the attackers from keeping possession and moving the ball on.

    3. You can play one- or two-touch or a mix in different zones depending on the ability of your players.
    4. Here the players have got the ball to the other end and the players here must make two passes to win a point

    5. Now the play goes back the other way with players trying to keep the possession going.
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