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 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

Side Supports diagram: the side players support the team in possession.

Side Supports

in Passing, Soccer drills and skills

For the youngest players, the concept of passing to keep possession is tricky to grasp. This drill gives extra support to the team in possession to help players understand what's required. MORE

Warm up passing and moving

One touch passing

in Passing, Warm Ups

This warm up is a great way to get players alert to one touch play and to get them ready for playing matches and keeping possession of the ball in tight areas of the pitch like the penalty area MORE

Passing and support play

Supporting runs

in Passing, Tactics

The best teams can pass and move at speed up the pitch in passing patterns that will reflect the style of play your team is using. Possession games like this are great for getting teams to pass and move up the pitch. MORE

How to coach players to move towards the ball - part 1

Moving to the ball

in Passing, Practice plans

Getting your players to move to the ball just prior to receiving it will indicate to the ball-carrier that their team-mate wants the ball, create space, and make it less likely an opponent will intercept the pass. MORE

Passing and support play

Vital turnover ball

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Turnover of play is one of the most common occurrences in a football match, and equipping our players to know how to maximise space and possession in these situations means we can make best use of the ball. MORE

Dele Alli

Coaching tips for playing the killer pass

in Attacking, Passing

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a well-executed through ball that splits the defence anticipated by your striker who runs on to it and blasts it into the net. It is a vital core skill that young players need to have to open the opposition and win games. MY TIPS FOR PLAYING THE KILLER PASS... MORE

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


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