Lay offs and Wall Passes in 3's
Dimensions: Two cones 15 yards apart (adjust depending on ability)
How to: Begin with the soccer ball with the player in the middle (The middle player will be the main focal point of this exercise) Player passes to a player on one end and follows the pass, looping their run behind the player on the end that now has the ball. Once they pass around the back of the player they call for a return pass. Player with the ball passes a ball in front of the running player so as they may receive it on the move. Middle player now moves with the ball towards the player at the opposite end, passing to them and looping their run behind them and calling for a return pass again.
Continue for 1 minute
Coaching Points: Let the ball do the work. Pass early so your team mate has time to adjust to the ball.
Call for the return pass- When you are ready for the return pass to be played, let your team mate know. In a game situation they may not see you making an overlapping run like this one. Get into the habit of calling when it is the right time to release the pass
Timing of the run. Don’t over run the pass; wait until you know it’s been/being released. It could be the difference between an offside call and a goal in a game
Progressions: Time Challenge, How many complete circuits can you do in a certain time frame.
Wall Passes in 3's- Session 2
Dimensions: Two cones 15 yards apart (adjust depending on ability) with a line of cones half way between the two
How to: Have a player stand on each cone with a player in the middle. The objective is to complete a wall pass around the cones and play a pass to the opposite end. The line of cones is to show a defenders range of motion. The player with the ball plays a pass into the player by the cones and moves wide to receive a return pass past the defender, the move is completed by passing to the player on the opposite side, the player follows their pass and joins the other line, the pattern continues.
Rotate the midfielder every few minutes.
Coaching Points: Make positive runs, after passing to the player in the middle move quickly to receive a return pass, be careful not to overrun the play though, this could be the difference between and offside call and a goal in a game.
Make accurate passes to achieve more success from this drill.
The midfielder has to be ready to move to either side to make the wall pass with their team mate. Communication between passer and receiver is very important.