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soccer passing drills

In arranging practices that focus on receiving the ball, coaches should generally divide the first part of the session into two parts: The first will focus on soccer passing drills: Receiving balls on the ground; the second will concentrate on receiving balls in the air.

The coaching points  covered  in  each  of  the sessions  will build on each other but the major emphasis will be  on  “preparing the  ball” so that  it is as close as necessary  depending on the  situation (degree of pressure the  receivers find themselves under).soccer passing drills u10 Another definition might indicate that the technical receptions of the ball need to be as efficient and quick as possible in order that continued possession can be tactically maintained by one’s team.  In discussing the reception of balls from the air, particular emphasis should be placed on players’ choices in terms of which body surface is used to receive the ball.

The progression of this technical session will proceed from a fundamental to a match-related to match-condition phases.

In the case of the fundamental exercises, they have been labeled B for beginning   level players, I for intermediate players and A for advanced players. In some cases they are applicable to more than one group of players. Obviously,soccer partner passing drills by using restrictions, coaches can gear exercises to reach any level of players (i.e., more space for an exercise allows more time for players to react to a situation).




Fundamental Phase: Ground Passes

1.  5s in 20 x 20 yard grid, one ball (use cones) (B level)

A.  Pass right to start exercise and follow the pass. Review fundamentals of reception, including:

• Receive ball across body with farthest foot (right foot in case of the first phase of this exercise)

• Look at the next target before the ball gets to you so that you already know how to position body or where you are going to pass the ball –soccer drills possession passing take a mental picture of the situation

• Receive the ball with the toe pointed upward and the ankle locked to increase the surface area hitting ball

• Do not stop the ball, keep it within close range to draw the defender, then move it away from them toward the next target

• Under pressure, look to play the ball away from the pressure with a long first touch; use feints or false cues as appropriate in this situation

• Make eye contact with the next receiver so that they know when to begin the run and then strike the ball so that the receiver can receive it in stride

• Keep hips open to target for efficiency of passing movement and to allow maximum passing options

B.   Pass to left as second phase of activity

C.  Can conduct drill with more players (up to 12) and race against the clock, with drill concluded when the first passer returns to the starting point. If two groups, have a competition.

2.  5-6 in 20 x 20 yard grid, two balls (B Level)

 A.   Two balls with outside players, with central player to control and prepare the ball so it can be played onto one of the players without a ball on the perimeter of the grid. Review fundamentals, including:

• All of points covered in 1

• Eye contact by receiver with pass as checks to receive the ball

• Practice turning quickly with the ball

• Emphasize timing of run to ball (eye contact with passer)

B.   Change on one-minute intervals

C.  Add defender (using either frontal pressure or pressure from behind) and do the following:

• Prepare ball away from defender

• Use reception to beat defender

• Use outside and top of foot for deception

3.  Three teams of two players each (six total) in 30 x 40 yard grid (I level)

A.  Working in pairs (three teams of two players, As, Bus, Cs), dribbler  controls  the ball and waits for the receiver to run to farthest line in grid, then checks to receive the ball with the front foot, two-touch for control,soccer practice drills play back to dribbler and repeat the process. After one minute, change roles. Review fundamentals, including:

• All points covered in 2

• Find place in crowded grid to receive the ball

• Checking run to ball must be at match speed

B.   Instead of playing the ball back, the receiver accepts the ball with the foot open to the same side as that which the ball arrives and turns in that direction (i.e., ball played to the left side of the body,soccer passing drills for high school turn to the left) and sprint dribbles to farthest line in the grid and plays it to a checking receiver, who waits until dribbler has turned and faces them before the checking run is made (a reversal of roles from A.); one minute. Review fundamentals, including:

• All points covered in 3

• Observe ability of receiver to coordinate with dribbler

4.  Three players in 20 x 30 yard grid (I level)

A.   The receiver initiates pass with run to ball, controls ball, returns it at angle to passer, moves away as ball is played to opposite corner. Upon control by third player, receiver checks the ball and repeats control and angled pass back; one minute, change roles.

B.   All return passes two-touches by receiver

C.  Various surfaces of foot used on first touch           

D.  One touch receptions

E.    Add defender

5.  16 players in a 40 x 30 yard grid (I-A levels)

A.   X1 is linked with O1, X2 with O2, etc., each player outside grid with a ball.youth soccer passing drills Play is continuous between each pair of players, with O1 checking away and working on timing as checks back to receive ball. Exchange roles

B.   As pass to any so, who checks for the ball; reverse roles

6.  12 players, four groups of three players (A level)

A.  Player in grid receives ball,soccer passing drills takes a mental picture and identifies the position of the third member of the group, then moves body so they are in a good position to pass the ball to the third member

B.   Add two to four defenders.  If defenders win ball, replace player who gave up the ball. One minute maximum for defenders


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