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.

How to coach passing and movement - part 1

Pass and move

in Passing, Practice plans

Make ball-watching a thing of the past on your team. Too often players will pass the ball and either admire their work or think their job is done. Get them moving with this fast session. MORE

Passing circles

Passing circles

in Ball Control and Footwork, Passing

This training session is about retaining possession and finding players in key positions – important for teams that have the lion’s share of possession in games yet find the opposition denying them space in the final third. MORE

Pass and sprint

Pass and sprint

in Passing, Warm Ups

Great way to warm up before a match or training session. Similar to a Rondo but with more physical movement for days when it is cold or you have a practice based on fitness. MORE

Passing and dribbling

Smart interplay

in Attacking, Passing

The session is about quick and inventive play around the edge of the 18-yard box. It’s about being inventive, firstly in tight areas, then progressing into a large area to finish with an end product. MORE

Recycle backpass

Recycle with a backpass

in Attacking, Passing

When you watch the teams at the top of the Premier League they always play the ball back to keep possession when there is no easy way forward – a pass back allows teams to keep the ball until a pass forward is ‘on’. Why use it Your players will come up against teams that... MORE

Mo Salah

Good teams control the ball

in Blog, Passing

When I played the game Possession and Movement with my team it was a great session to teach them that they should make good use of possession and penetrate the opposition when the chance arrives MORE

End to end 4v4

End to end 4v4

in Attacking, Passing

This is a great battle to be the first team to get their balls behind the opposition defence into their end zone. Team work and individual skills make this an essential game for all youth players. MORE

Rondo squares

Rondo Squares

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Based on the Barcelona possession game Rondo, this game will help your players to keep the ball off the opposition giving themselves more chance of scoring goals. MORE

Running onto a forward pass

Running onto a pass

in Midfield, Passing

If you want to put your strikers through on goal with a killer pass from midfield, try running this session and see your match day passing improve MORE

Neymar training with PSG

How to create a passing game

in Passing, Tips and advice

Creating a passing game for your team is all about working on individual technique and getting players to understand how team play works with movement and good passing. Find out the best way to implement your ideas MORE

Possession game - part 1

Possession Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players No goals No keepers No offside If the ball leaves play, you have a few re-start options: The coach passes a new ball onto the pitch The players take a roll in The players... MORE

Play out, go out - part 1

Play Out, Go Out

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players No goals Both teams must have two players on the pitch and two players on the outside of the pitch If the ball leaves play, pass a new ball onto the pitch Rules The... MORE

Gates game - part 1

Gates Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 30 yards Two teams of four players Five gates made from cones No goals Rules There are a number of ways this game can be played and scored: The player in possession must dribble through a gate to score. The player in possession must make a pass through the... MORE

Possession vs pressure - part 1

Possession v Pressure

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players Four keepers No offside If the ball leaves play, you have a few re-start options: The coach passes a new ball onto the pitch The players take a roll in The players take a... MORE

Possession - add one - part 1

Possession – Add One

in Passing, Small Sided Games

The passing team spread out into the 15 x 15 yard area and begin the game by playing 4v1. After 30 seconds, an extra defender is added to make the game 4v2, then another for 4v3, and then 4v4. MORE


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