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Dimensions: 40 x 25 yard area with a line down the middle creating two 20 x 25 yard areas. One team occupies a side each. Soccer balls are evenly distributed on each side.
How to: Each team’s job is clear their own ‘room’ of soccer balls by passing them into the other room. Neither team can leave their side. Play 1 to 2 minute rounds stopping each time to discuss what went well/not so well each time. The team with the least soccer balls on their side by the end of the round is the winner.
Coaching Points: Consider the placement of your passes into the opposing teams’ room, just kicking the ball to get it out of your side may end up with a player collecting it quickly and kicking it right back, consider your passes, look to pass into spaces where players are not or through gaps between players to force them to turn round and chase the ball. Be aware of your own position when you don’t have soccer balls around you, can you intercept passes back into your half and return them into difficult spaces for your opponents. Communicate with your team mates to make sure you are covering space and collecting all the soccer balls. Remember your team mate might not have seen one.
Dimensions: 20 Yard circle with two even teams. 2v2 in the middle of the area, the remaining players separate themselves around the outside of the area. One soccer ball needed in the middle but keep a supply of balls close by to keep the game flowing.
How to: Players play 2v2 in the middle, the goal is to try to link up with a team mate on the outside. When a player in the middle passes to a team mate on the outside another team mate from the outside can make an overlapping run past their team mate on the outside. The move is completed when the player with the ball on the outside makes a return pass into the middle. The player in the middle is now able to bring the overlapping player into the middle too by making a pass to them.
Game plays until a team only has one player left on the outside. They would score the point for the win.
If one team kicks the ball out of play, the game is restarted by a pass into the middle by the other team.
Coaching Points: Stay alert to the play; be ready to make an overlapping run when the opportunity arises. The quicker the play moves the more likely you will be to exploit space.
Keep your head up and look for the best opportunity. Once the pass has been made and the overlapping run is complete try to exploit the next opportunity quickly.
Make use of extra players when the opportunity is there.
Advanced Passing Patterns
Dimensions: 25 x 15 Yard rectangle with a starting cone in each corner. The field is played length ways. Players at each end play together moving down the field (players one and two). Place two cones in the middle 3 yards apart and have a player stand by each cone looking at each other but side on so they can see the field. They will act as the Midfielders. One soccer ball needed for each pair for this coaching drill. Keep a supply nearby to keep the session flowing.
How to: For this soccer drill, the objective is to move from one end of the field to the other by linking up with the midfielders in the middle. The first pass is made by player one into the midfielder closest to the starting line. They pass off to player two creating a passing triangle. Player two then make a pass into the midfielder furthest away, this allows their midfield partner to turn around and face towards the ‘goal’, the midfielder with the ball makes short pass to their midfield partner who is now able to look up and play a through ball into the advancing player one or two who can play the ball to their opposite end line. The pattern repeats from the other side
Coaching Points: Speed of play; make the passes quickly and accurately to capitalize on good movement and passing angles.
Stress the importance of going backwards to go forwards. Making the backwards pass at the beginning allowed player two to look up and play a ball into a position that allowed the midfielder to turn and get their head up to pick a more dangerous pass, and in turn helped the team move down the field.
Progressions: Add two defenders (4v2), players do not have to follow a pattern of play now, they can choose any pass they wish that will stretch the team of defenders.
Tiki Taka Passing Training
Dimensions: 20 x 20 yard square with a cone in each corner, place a 3x3 cone square in the middle of the larger square. A player must occupy each cone. (adjust the dimensions as necessary but remember the need for 1 touch passing here)
How to: A player on the outside starts with a ball and makes a pass moving anti clockwise to the player in the middle that is furthest away from the player with the ball. The player in the middle receiving the ball makes a lay off pass with their first touch to the player next to them in the middle. This player then makes a long pass to the player in the next corner still moving anti clockwise. The pattern repeats. This is an advanced soccer coaching drill and will require concentration and good passing technique from all players.
Each player must follow their pass to take up the position of the player they just passed to.
Coaching Points: Weight of the pass- Players must look to make quick, simple passes to set their team mate up to play the ball first time. Players receiving the ball in the middle must aim to take the pace off the original pass and play it into their team mate’s path so they can play the pass away first time.
Focus on technique. Don’t try to over-complicate the drill. Short, simple, well played passes are all that is required to succeed here. Do the basics properly.
Emphasise that this is a team exercise. Focus solely on quality of your pass and where you are moving to perform well as part of the team.
Regressions: Start with two touch passing until the players understand the drill.