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Dealing with the back pass Session Thumbnail
Dealing with the back pass

Deal with the back pass with composure and skill to be an outlet for an under pressure defence and clear your lines. But it’s not always as simple as it seems… work on coping with even the trickiest of passes!

Preview Plan


  • Set up 3 mini goals or small gates marked out with cones facing towards a goal.
  • Have 3 players behind each mini goal.
  • The ball is played into the Goalkeeper from various areas on the pitch.
  • As the ball is passed back to the Goalkeeper 2 of the players step in front of their mini goal, leaving 1 minigoal free for the Goalkeeper to play into.
  • The player who's mini goal is played into can take a shot if the Goalkeeper successfully hits the goal.
  • If the ball travels past the mini goal and is missed then the player takes a shot with that ball which becomes live.  

Coaching points

  • By playing the live ball, the drill replicates a quick turnover of possession after poor control from defender or a stray pass. 
  • Goalkeeper needs to be ready for the shot if possession is lost.
  • Focus on accuracy of the pass and pace of the pass. 
  • Introduce the concept of "into feet" or "into space" - this drill is mostly working on "into feet".
  • Work on technique of passing with the mini goals and Goalkeepers enjoy targe practice.
  • Its is important to get the Goalkeepers to be comfortable playiing into space, especially under pressure.


  • Remove the mini goals and use coloured gates/cones. Coach then shouts the colour and the Goalkeeper plays to the player behind that gate into their run.

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