Quick! Pass!

Young players find basic “keepaway” games rather boring.

But they are really good for improving ball control, shielding, supporting play and communication.

So you need to find a way to make keepaway fun!

Quick! Pass! is great fun to play and it can get very competitive. My players love it!

Age group: U8s to U14s.

Set-up: Split your players into two teams of between four and six and give the players numbers, 1 to 4, 1 to 5 or 1 to 6.

Create a 20-yard square. This is a good size for experienced players but if your players are inexperienced or find the game difficult, make the areas bigger.

How to play: Use one team per area. To begin, your players pass the ball to each number in order, i.e. 1 to 2 to 3 to 4, etc.

Make sure players move after passing (no playing statues!) and they use the whole of the area.

After a minute or two, call a number.

The players with that number run into the other team’s grid and try to steal the ball.

Whoever steals the ball first gets a point for their team.

Progression: Call two numbers so two players on each team try to steal the ball.

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