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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.

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

4 v 4 - Ice hockey style - part 1

4 v 4 – Ice Hockey Style

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 Two goals made using cones or poles Two goalkeepers (optional) Rules As with most small-sided games, the emphasis is on pass and move. The players can score in the front or back of the... MORE

Possession - add one - part 1

Possession – Add One

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Outer pitch size: 30 x 30 yards Inner pitch size: 15 x 15 yards Two teams of four players No goals Rules One team act as the passing team. The other team act as the defending team. The passing team spread out into the 15 x 15 yard area and begin the game... MORE

One team possession - one team score - part 1

One Team Possession – One Team Score

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 mini target goals, one on each side of the pitch Rules One team attempts to keep possession. One team attempts to win the ball and score a goal. There are a number of... MORE

Half field possession - part 1

Set up

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 Divide the pitch into two halves No goals Rules To start, pass a ball into one of the teams, and call for a player from the other team to go into that half and... MORE

Free your team mate - part 1

Free Your Team Mate

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Mark out a circle of about 25 yards diameter using cones or markers Two teams of four players No goals Each team has one player on the pitch and three players on the outside Rules To start, pass a ball into the pitch. The two players compete for possession. The player who wins... MORE

Through pass game - part 1

Through Pass Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 40 x 30 yards, split into two halves Two teams of four players Six mini goals (three at each end of the pitch) No keepers Rules Each team starts in their own half. Pass the ball to one of the teams. Immediately an opponent races into the area to pressure the... MORE

Pass and run - part 1

Pass and run

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Pass and run develops your midfielders to play forward passes into the centre forward and then make runs to support. The game develops the movement of the centre forward and their ability to hold the ball and bring team mates into the game. MORE

Target man - part 1

Target man

in Passing, Small Sided Games

The target man game is designed to improve your squad’s ability at playing forward passes into the team’s strikers. Once a forward pass is made, players make forward runs to support the strikers and receive a return pass. MORE

Targets v wingers - part 1

Targets v wingers

in Passing, Small Sided Games

The targets v wingers game brings the previous two games together. Here, one team makes forward passes and tries to run forward to receive set backs, while the second team attempts to switch the play from one wing to the other in order to create crossing and 2v1 situations. MORE

Wide man - part 1

Wide man

in Passing, Small Sided Games

The wide man game encourages your players to switch the ball from one side of the pitch to the other to create crossing situations and more chances to attack 2v1 against an opposing defender. MORE

Volley and catch - part 1

Volley and Catch

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 Six mini goals No offside If the ball leaves play, the game is re-started with a volley pass. Rules The player in possession is allowed to make a one bounce movement (using the hands... MORE

Wide pitch - part 1

Wide Pitch

in Passing, Small Sided Games

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

4 v 4 front and back goals - part 1

4 v 4 Front and Back Goals

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 mini goals arranged as shown Rules The teams can score in the front and back of any goal. The game is played for a set time period.   Quick passing and movement will... MORE

Centre circle game - part 1

Centre Circle Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up This game is played in a large centre circle Two teams of four players Two mini target goals, one at each end of the centre circle Each team has two players on the pitch and two players on the outside (in the attacking half) The players on the outside can move up and... MORE

Four goal, two goal, end zone, half field - part 1

Four Goal, Two Goal, End Zone, Half Field

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Mark out 4 zones on the pitch as in diagram 1 l Two normal goals (centred) and four mini targets (in the corners) No keepers Two teams of four players This game is a combination of four games: the... MORE

Four goal, half field and end zone - part 1

Four Goal, Half Field and End Zone

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Mark out 4 zones on the pitch as in diagram 1 Four mini target goals (in the corners) Two teams of four players No keepers This game is a combination of three games: the Four Goal Game (see page... MORE

Ultimate 4 v 4 challenge - part 1

Ultimate 4 v 4 Challenge

in Passing, Shooting, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Mark out 4 zones on the pitch as in diagram 1 Two normal goals (centred) and four mini targets (in the corners) No keepers Two teams of four players This game is a combination of five games: the Two... MORE

8v4 game - part 1

8 v 4 Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Mark out a 30 yard diameter circular pitch with markers or cones (with markers or cones if necessary) Place four goals as in the diagrams One team of eight players One team of four players Rules The team with eight players starts with four on the pitch and four off the pitch. The... MORE



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