Passing and receiving

An easy to set up and explain series of drills that will improve your players passing and receiving skills.

Can be used as a warm up or in the technical phase of a coaching session.

Suitable for all ages.

passing practice planPASSING PRACTICE I

Set Up

Using four cones, mark out an 8 x 15-yard field.

Station one player at each cone.

Sequence

Players A and B play a wall pass, and then B takes A’s position.

A kicks a diagonal pass to D and runs to B’s position.

Next, D and C play a wall pass. D shifts the area of play again with a diagonal pass to B, and D and C switch positions, etc.

Focus On

  • Accurate passes over short and long distances
  • Making combination play safer
  • Learning alternatives for combination play

passing practice planPASSING PRACTICE II

Set Up

Setup is the same as Exercise 1.

Sequence

Player A dribbles to B, who moves to meet A.

B takes over the ball and kicks a precise diagonal pass to D. Then A and B switch positions.

Next, the same sequence takes place on the opposite side, i.e. C takes over the football from D, and they switch positions, etc.

Focus On

  • Accurate passes over short and long distances
  • Making combination play safer
  • Practicing takeovers

passing practice planPASSING PRACTICE III

Set Up

Setup is the same as Exercise 1.

Sequence

Player A passes in the air to D while C moves in front of D. C fakes receiving the pass and lets the ball go by.

D volleys the ball into the path of C, who dribbles to the other cone and then kicks a diagonal pass in the air to B while A moves in front of B.

B volleys the ball into A’s path, etc.

Focus On

  • Accurate high passes
  • Volley passes under opposition pressure
  • Making combination play safer