The short pass is the most basic element of soccer. Use these eight activities to hone the fundamental skill among your players. For beginners: Pass the ball 3 yards to a team mate. Sounds simplistic but a critical starting point to establish the core skills in your young players. Follow up with: Pass to a... MORE
The Volley Pass
Your players need to have skills to beat their opponents and give your team the advantage on match days and a volley pass is a fast pass when team mates are in space for a long pass to catch out their opponents. Here’s how to do it…
WHY USE IT
A volley pass gives players power and accuracy over longer distances.
You need balls and cones with players standing 10-15 yards apart in a circle. We used 5 players in the session.
HOW TO DO IT
When they are volleying the ball to each other – let them catch the volley and return it by dropping it onto their foot rather like a goalkeeper would.
Tell your players to use the top of their foot to pass the ball over the distance to ensure it drops exactly into the hands of the other players.
Make sure there is not too much height on the volley pass.
HOW TO ADVANCE IT
Tell your players to spread around the field volleying the ball to each other to catch. Players maintain a distance of 10-15 yards between each other. In the diagram, A volleys to D who catches, then from his hands he volleys it to C and so the practice continues. You can try progressing to no hands. Players must then control the ball by foot, head, chest or thigh before volleying on to the next player or volley first time.
Players use the top of the laces of their boots and kick through the centre of the ball for power and direction.