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Passing and Receiving Drills

The right passes wins you games, so it is key your players have the right vision and technique. Use drills to improve your side?s communication, teach...

Drills

Instep Pass

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Players start 10 metres apart in 2 lines facing each other. 1 ball per pair. Get the players passing to each other using the instep pass.

3 Man Weave

category: Passing-and-Receiving

3 players run down the pitch, passing and interchanging to finish with a shot at goal. Player in the middle starts with the ball. They pass the ball t...

The Triangle With Movement

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Aim of the Drill; to pass and have the player of the ball react to the pass and provide support by running to the open space.Set up a square grid with...

Triangle Passing

category: Possession

Set out a triangle with 3 cones all 1 meter apart. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 through the area of the triangle. Player 2 has to control the ...

One Touch Passing

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Players are 10 metres apart facing each other.Player 1 starts with the ball.Player 1 rolls the ball to player 2 who passes the ball back with instep u...

1, 2, 3 Pass And Move

category: Passing-and-Receiving

There are two triangles in this drill, both using the same top point player (player 5). Players in the top triangle pass in an anti-clockwise directio...

The Diagonal Pass

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Players work in pairs, with 1 ball per pair. The second pair start after 8 seconds after the first pair have started. When finished players jog to bac...

1-2 And Cross

category: Crossing-and-Finishing

Set up as shown.

Player 1 starts with the ball in the middle of the field and plays a 1-2 pass with player 2 before passing out wide to play...

1V1 To Goal

category: 1-v-1-skills

Organise the players into groups of 3, with 1 goalkeeper and 2 outfield players.

Player 1 and player 2 stand or sit facing away from goal. T...

2 Touch 3'S Passing

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

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2 V 2 Plus 2 V 2

category: Conditioned-games

Play 2 v 2 in each area. One ball per practice.

The object of the game is to pass the ball to a player on the same team in the opposing area...

3 Man Pass And Run 2

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Players pass and then move to find an empty cone. Players should take 2 touches, 1 to control and 1 to pass.

3 Man Pass And Run

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Players pass and then move to find an empty cone. Players should take 1 touch.

With bigger numbers in your training session you can increase...

3 V 1 Long Pass

category: Conditioned-games

6 players work in an area approximately 30 meters wide, divided in two with a third boxed area at one end.

Red team play a 3 v 1 inside the ...

3 V 1 Long Pass

category: Passing-and-Receiving

6 players work in an area approximately 30 meters wide, divided in two with a third boxed area at one end.

Red team play a 3 v 1 inside the ...

3 Vs 1 Keep Ball

category: Possession

Straight forward passing and moving drill with only two touches on the ball.

The blue players off the ball can only receive the ball at one ...

3 Vs 3 Soccer

category: Conditioned-games

Each teams has 3 players and one goal to defend and one to attack.

The ball is not allowed to stop or go over head height.

By passing...

3 Vs 3 Soccer

category: Possession

Each teams has 3 players and one goal to defend and one to attack.

The ball is not allowed to stop or go over head height.

By passing...

Attacking Soft Targets

category: Conditioned-games

Create 5 x 5 yard squares in corners of the grid. Play 4 v 4.
The red team has possession of the ball. The object of the game is to play the b...

Attacking Soft Targets

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Create 5 x 5 yard squares in corners of the grid. Play 4 v 4.
The red team has possession of the ball. The object of the game is to play the b...

Box Passing

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Players must use their first touch to play the ball either to the left or the right of their square. As soon as they have done this they must then ...

Change Over Dribble

category: Dribbling

Working with one ball between two players start on opposite cones. The first player dribbles the ball to the end cone whilst the other player jogs ...

Colour Passing - Heads Up

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up different coloured gates around the grid area - the more colours the better.

Players are working in pairs, one player dribbling and t...

Corner Soccer

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Teams are made up of 3 players.

Each team will look to attack the opposition goal in the opposite corner of the pitch. This will involve goo...

Corner Passing Drill

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Ratio of 1 ball to 3 players.

Players with the ball are put on the outside of the grid. The other players pair up inside the grid and choose...

Defending Stance

category: Defending

Set up with 2 cones as shown with 2 players at each end and 1 ball.

Player with the ball passes the ball across and then quickly closes thei...

Double Cross - Twice The Chance To Score

category: Crossing-and-Finishing

Player 1 starts the drill of by passing the ball to the wide player. The wide player then crosses the ball into the box on their first touch for bo...

Drag And Push Pass With Forward Dribble

category: Dribbling

Get players working in two's coming forward, dragging and pushing the ball before dribbling forward and passing the ball across. This drill builds ...

Drag And Push Pass With Forward Dribble

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Get players working in two's coming forward, dragging and pushing the ball before dribbling forward and passing the ball across. This drill builds ...

Drag Dummy Step Over - Stage 5

category: 1-v-1-skills

Working in pairs, the drills starts with the defender passing the ball to the player practicing the skill.

The skill in this practice is tha...

Drag Dummy Step Over - Stage 5

category: Technique-video

Working in pairs, the drills starts with the defender passing the ball to the player practicing the skill.

The skill in this practice is tha...

Dribble Race

category: Dribbling

Set up 3 gates on each side as shown.

The blue team run through the blue gates and the red team run through the red gates.

Players ru...

Exterior Interior Quick Passing

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 players outside the small diamond area. 1 ball between the two.

The area should be a 4x4 diamond, however the shape an...

First Touch With Instep Of Foot

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Put the players in pairs with one ball between 2 The players should try and pass the ball slightly wide of each other.

The receiving player ...

First Touch With Instep Of Foot

category: Technique-video

Put the players in pairs with one ball between 2 The players should try and pass the ball slightly wide of each other.

The receiving player ...

Goals, Goals, Goals 3

category: 1-v-1-skills

Three players line up facing each other. Player 1 plays the ball into player two's feet. They meet the ball and turn before playing a wall pass wit...

Heading Variations

category: Heading

Working in pairs one player feeds whilst the other player is the returning player who heads the ball back to the feeder's hands.

However, th...

Hit, Miss, Run And Recover!

category: Conditioned-games

Play a normal rules game across an area slightly narrower than half the pitch. On both sides of the pitch set out three cones at regular intervals....

Instep First Touch - Stage 6 (Forward)

category: Passing-and-Receiving

1 Ball between two players. One player feeds and catches the ball the other player has to play the ball back with the instep of the kicking foot. Both...

Instep First Touch - Stage 6 (Forward)

category: Technique-video

1 Ball between two players. One player feeds and catches the ball the other player has to play the ball back with the instep of the kicking foot. Both...

Interior Exterior Quick Passing

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 players outside the small diamond area.

1 ball between the two.

The area should be a 4x4 diamond, however the sh...

Kabadi

category: Conditioned-games

2 teams. Each team has their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around.

The other team can send one player across to...

Kabadi

2 teams. Each team has their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around.

The other team can send one player across to...

Lateral Defending With Cover

category: Defending

Red defends blue. The blue player must try and beat the red defenders and reach one of the blue cones, with the ball still under control.

Re...

Long Ball Relay

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Passing pattern: The ball starts with the player near the corner flag who passes up the line to the next player.

the next player must them p...

Loop Overlap And Shoot

category: Passing-and-Receiving

The first player plays a one-two pass with player 2, who passes back in front of player 1's looping run.

Player 1 then dribbles with the bal...

Minefield Passing

In both the wide channels put one defender and two attackers.

Both attackers in the same rectangle must touch the ball before trying to pass...

Movement Before The Pass - 1 Vs 1

category: 1-v-1-skills

Red player 1 stands on the red cone closest to the blue player.

When red 1 is ready they should run and tag red player 2. Red player 2 can t...

Moves In 4S

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

One Two Combination

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Place 4 goals at the corners of the fields.
3 players per side.
Players must one-two combine, before putting the ball through the goal.
No mo...

Only Square Passes

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up a minimum of 4 pairs of cones in a straight line and get players into pairs, with a player from each pair stood behind the starting cones.

Pass and follow circuit

Set out a pattern of cones for any passing sequence.

In this one we set the cones out so the players play a infield pass followed by a pass ...

Pass and Move Between Cones

2 players with 1 ball players stand behind their 2 cones.

Players have to take the ball wide of one of the cones to then try and score a goa...

Pass and Move

Setup the practice as shown.

Split the group into two. Player 1 dribbles up to the cone before passing the ball across to player 2. Players ...

Pass and Receive

Players run diagonally up the field - passing and receiving to each player.

Pass and run

Working in pairs, players run between hurdles and pass the ball through them. One player will start behind the hurdle and receive the pass, with th...

pass and shoot

put he players in three lines every lines needs some balls at the front.
Player 1 makes a forward run to receive the ball from one of the players i...

Pass in 3s - movement of end man

Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

Pass Race

Set up with 3 gates spread out as shown. 1 ball in front of each gate.

They race through the area (zig-zagging) passing their balls in betwee...

Pass, up and over!

Players work inside a 10 meter long grid with one ball divided into three.

The players on the outside pass the ball into the middle player w...

Passes in 3s - middle man move

Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

Passing Accuracy

First touch and passing accuracy.
One ball between two set out the gates so the player can practice a specific 1st touch and pass. in this case the...

Passing and Receiving

Progression from practice f5110a.

Progressions:
-Return with one then two touches.
-Receive with outside of the foot, insid...

Passing and Receiving

2 players per group, 1 ball per pair.

Players inside the grid are without the ball, players on the outside each have a ball.

The insi...

Passing and Receiving

Split your players into three equal sized teams, with two teams starting inside the area and the third spread around the outside of the grid.

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Passing and Receiving

Split your players into three equal sized teams, with two teams starting inside the area and the third spread around the outside of the grid.

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Passing and Shooting

Player 2 passes to player 1 in the centre then follows the pass. Player 1 either controls the ball and shoots or shoots first time.

The type ...

Passing by Numbers

Players number themselves from one-eight (or as many numbers as there are players).

Players must then pass in numerical order.

Althou...

Passing in 4s - Short and long

Set up a triangle as shown.

4 players on the outside, 2 on 1 cone and 1 on each of the other 2 cones. 1 ball between the group.

The bal...

Passing pattern with shot

Player 1 begins with the ball on the 1/2 way line.

Player 1 plays the ball into player 2 who lays the ball of to player 3. Player 3 sets th...

Passing Round a Cone

A rectangle of cones is set up, once the ball is passed, the player takes it around the cone before passing back to the player.

Passing through area

This is nice variation on your regualr circle passing warm up - and gets large groups of players working at the same time (no waiting in queues).

Passing through the channel

Set up a playing area, divided into three equal sized playing areas. Players cannot enter another zone.

To begin with play 6 attackers (3 in ...

Passing Traingle

3 players stand around 3 metres apart from one another with one ball between them.

They can pass in either direction and should start with t...

Pitch length run and shot

White player 1 runs the length of the field at match pace and makes their move to run onto the ball served in by Red player 1.

White player ...

Roll Passes in 2's

Set up as shown with gates evenly spread out. 2 players with 1 ball.

The drill starts with 1 player rolling the ball across their body and th...

Running and Passing At Speed

Set up with as shown with eight cones. Four cones on the outside can be any colour, but ensure that two on the inside are one colour, and the other...

Score a try!

This fun passing and moving game can be explained in two words - Soccer Rugby.

In order to score a point players must stop the ball in the ...

Short Corner - Low Cross

One player gives a signal at the back of the box and the corner taker relays this to the team.

The corner is then taken with the players hav...

Short Corner - Running with the Ball

A player at back end of 18-yard area gives initial signal for type of corner to be taken (one hand or two hands up for example). The corner taker t...

Simple 2v1 Possession

2 players try and keep possession of the ball against 1 defender who has to put pressure on the player with the ball. Players passing should try and ...

Simple pass and follow

Set out grids about 5 by 5m.

Player by each cone with 2 players starting on the first cone (could be more depending on numbers). Player with ...

Six Goal Game

Set up six goals on a full-size pitch (use cones/poles for goals), a small goal at each corner of the pitch and a further two goals on each side of...

Smash and Grab

Put a goalkeeper in each goal and play 1 v 1 in the middle. Play pair vs. pair for 3 minutes, then change.

The object of the game is to scor...

Square Ball 2

Three players stand behind 1 corner of the grid each. The ball is played to a player on one of the cones.


The ball cannot be passed di...

Square Passing - One or Two touch

Simple passing drill - players pass the ball in an anti-clockwise direction and should try to play either a one touch or second touch pass.

Static passing through legs

Player get into groups of 3 with one ball. two players pass to each other through the legs of the 3 player in the middle who stands feet apart faci...

Super Teams

Group in threes. 1 ball per group. Station players as shown in the diagram. Position crab players in the three middle grids.

Standing players...

Target Passing - Long Balls

How accurate are your players long passes? This fun drill lets you find out.

Like on an archery board have different target zones - a centra...

The Square Pass

Three players line up square to each other, 10 metres apart.
The passing sequence is 1-2,2-3,3-2 and 2-1, then repeat.

thigh and pass

Ball is dropped onto the thigh, before first time passing the ball to a partner.

Third man Passing

Players move to meet the pass and play a one-two.

After playing the return pass the player should then move to receive the diagonal pass.

Through Pass

4 players have to try and play the ball from one side of the area to the other by passing it between or around the 2 players in the middle area. 5...

Through the cones passing

With one ball between two players have to try and pass the ball through the goals 10 times, without making a mistake.

You can run this as a...

Thru Ball Pass in the Triangle

Number of players; 4, 1 ball per group.
The ball is passed from player to player in any direction (clock or anti clock wise) . Players can play a ...

Triangle Pass and Move

Players stand in a triangle formation, with an extra man stood behind the player on the ball.

Players pass in a clockwise direction, followi...

Triangle Passing in 4s

Set up a triangle as shown.

4 players on the outside, 2 on 1 cone and 1 on each of the other 2 cones. 1 ball between the group.

The bal...

Turn and Pass 1

Set up as shown.

Player 1 passes the ball into the feet of player 2 who must turn and pass the ball to one of the three players outside of t...

Two 3 vs 1s - Final game

A Competitive game between 3-4 teams.

Each team takes it in turns to run out to the box and tries to pass the ball 5 times around the box ...

Use the width to get up the pitch

Red 1 passes the ball to one of the teams to start the game.

There should be 3 players in both wings and 8 players in the centre of the pitc...

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Sessions

Passing and Dribbling for Juniors

Young players should master the passing and dribbling basics from a young age. Use the six fun drills and games in this plan to sharpen their basics t...

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Using width when attacking

Stretch your opposition and drag defenders out of position with this wide attacking session, complete with two great conditioned games!

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Playing the ball out from the back

Don't hoof the ball and play route one football. Teach your defenders to dribble, pass and look forward for options to start the new attack.

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Creating Space in the Midfield

Stop your team bunching in the middle of the park with this simple session to set up space creating and possession!

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Community Drills

Attacking Pattern 1

Attacking third passing patternKnow when to play to feet and play to spaceShape your body to cue the type of passShape your body to play fastHead up b...

4P Triangle Passing

Divide team into stations of 4Setup - Markers 10x10x10P1 steps in and passes to P2 following their pass past the next markerP2 receives the pass to th...

Passing League

Hit the cone to score 1 point.Whoever hits the cone most wins and moves up.

Autosave 34993405

passing leuge, hit the cone in the middle and the person with the most hits move up to the next section and progresses off.

8v4.

Mobility/ Movement: Refers to calculated movement of players and interchanges of positions to;1) receive possession of the ball, 2) create opportuniti...

Autosave 93967522

This drill is all about percision passing and beign able to pass the ball through the two cones.To make it harder you could decrease the width of the ...

Passing Touch

Setup: 2 markers 20 yards apart with 2 markers 5 yards wide 10 yrd markDivide into teams of 3 with 1 player in the middle and 1 player with a ball at ...

One Touch Passing From The Back

Setup: 20x15 yd grid & 8 playersP1 passes to furthest away midfielder who one-touches back to center defender who one touches to fwd. Forward pass...

3.Shooting drill

Same as the previous ones with a "twist":after passing the ball the player becomes a deffender and charges the attacker.Good "first tou...

1.Shooting drill

Players take turns passing from left to right and vice versa(one at a time).Player receives the ball and takes a shot from ouside the box. After colle...