Passing

On your bike!

This drill was  adapted from a game in The Ultimate Football Warm-Ups Manual. Objective: To practice passing and receiving skills. Set-up: Put your players into pairs. One ball per pair. Place three flat cones in a short line. How to play: One player is a server and his partner works round the cones. The player […]

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Receiving – fault finding and rectification

It is so important that all your players can receive a pass properly you really need to spend a few minutes in every practice session watching how they do it and giving feedback to individual players or the group as whole. Receive on one foot pass with the other. Is the player alert and playing […]

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The three zone game

Objective: To improve passing accuracy, decision making, spotting opportunities. Age group: U8s to U14s. Set up: Create a 40×20 yards playing area, dividing into thirds as shown below. Note: The goals at each end are only required for the progression. Divide your players into three teams of three. How to play: The teams on the […]

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The gridlock game

Objective: To encourage one-touch passing and quick movement off the ball. Age range: U9s to U12s. Set up: Set out 30 cones as shown below. The cones are about 1m apart. How to play Two players start in where the black dot is (bottom right). Their objective is to take the ball to where the […]

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4v4 to lines

Objective: to improve passing and receiving, playing “heads up” and communication skills. 4v4 to lines also encourages wall passes (give and go) as well as spotting team mates who are making a move into a space where they can receive a “killer” pass. Experience: intermediate upwards. This game is probably not suitable for most players […]

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Killer ball

Objective: To improve passing accuracy, spatial awareness and fitness. Age group: U6 upwards. Number of players: Whole team. Equipment: One ball per player Set up: Use the penalty area of a normal sized pitch or mark out a 30×20 yard area with cones. All players are in the playing area. One has a ball. The […]

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Pass!

This game is a great way to improve passing and receiving skills as well as the ability to spot and execute a through-pass. Age group: U8s and upwards. Number of players: Whole squad. Set-up: Create 20-yard square playing area. Divide your players into two equal teams of between five and seven players. Note: If you […]

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Clear the decks

Age group: U10s upwards Objective: To improve short and long passing skills Equipment: Cones to mark out a grid, several footballs. Set up Play on a 7-a-side pitch or use cones to mark out a 60×40 yard grid with a halfway line. Divide your players into two teams with each team occupying one half of […]

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