PASSING IN TEAMS
Please note, the activity showing in the video is the warm up portion of this drill only, all variations are listed in the adaptations section beneath.
Dimensions:30x30 yard square (adjust bigger/smaller depending on number of players/teams)
How to: Create equal teams clearly distinguished by coloured bibs (keep maximum player per team to around 6 to players get plenty of touches, play with 3 teams if necessary)
Players pass their soccer ball around unopposed to their team mates; moving to new space each time and giving your team mates return passing opportunities.
Coaching Points: Encourage players to get into the area and play, you will find that teams will gravitate to a corner away from other teams, encourage them to try and move around the area.
Make sure you are involved in the play- be available for a pass and make sure you know where your options are when you are on the ball.
1- Add another soccer ball to each team: teams must now pass faster, it’s important that all players are creating options and making sure the receiving player is ready for the pass (only when there is 5+players per team)
2- Players cannot talk during play- this forces them to get their head up when they are on the ball and also, for the players who do not have the ball, it forces them to show properly for the ball or use hand signals for where they want the ball played.
3- Players score points for passing through two players on another team (splitting defenders) this is a competition between the teams in play.
4- (for 3 teams) numbers up keep away. Two teams combine and keep the ball away from the third defensive team. If the ball is lost, the team who lost the ball become the defenders.