Numbered Passing

The numbered passing drill is a simple passing exercise that can be used as a warm-up or to help players work on passing and moving. In essence each player is given a number and passes to the next player in the sequence.

Set Up

Create a large rectangular or square grid, then number players off so that each player has a number of their own. If there are more than six players total it’s best to use multiple groups so that players can get more touches on the ball. It’s okay to have multiple groups in the same grid for this exercise.

How It Works

Once all players have been given a number, player 1 passes to player 2, who then passes to player 3, and so on. The last player in the sequence passes to player 1 and the cycle continues. Throughout this exercise players are to be moving freely throughout the grid, being sure to move to a new location once they play their pass. 

When using this as a warm-up drill it can be easy to incorporate dynamic movements by having players perform different locomotions around the outer cones after passing. 

Coaching Points

 

Communication and awareness are vital attributes in a football match and this exercise trains both because players need to be aware of where the next player is that they are passing to.

It’s also a good way for players to form the habit of passing and moving. In a match movement off the ball is vital for players to create good passing angles and support their teammates.

Related drills

 

Find The Killer Pass

Find the killer pass is an excellent drill to teach players to move the ball as a team and execute penetrating passes into dangerous areas.

Dribbling Relay Race

The dribbling relay race is a great way to train dribbling in a fun and competitive environment.

Speedy Dribbling Warm-Up

The speedy dribbling warm-up is a way to get players moving and practicing dribbling skills, ideally at the start of practice.

Two Teams Against One

Two teams against one is an easy keep away competition where three teams take turns playing defence in the middle.

Pressing 1v1

The Pressing 1v1 drill is a simple one versus one drill that keeps players on their toes and places an emphasis on the defensive player to close down the attacker’s space as quickly as possible.

3 Team Possession Drill

The three team possession drill is a fun and competitive rondo variation played with three teams.

4v2 Transitional Rondo

This rondo variation is played with two teams. When one team loses the ball or maintains possession for a given amount of time, a new ball starts on the opposite side.

Spaced Out Rondo

Spaced out rondo is a keep away variation to help players work on staying spread out, offensive shape, and finding good passing angles. Set Up Create a grid divided into six zones as pictured in the diagram. This drill is played as a 6v3 rondo 'keep away' exercise...

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag

Rock, paper, scissors tag is a fun tag game where players play rock, paper, scissors. The winning player becomes the tagger while the loser becomes the runner.

Swarm The Ball Carrier

Swarm the ball carrier is an excellent drill for players to work on aggressively pressing the opposition in numbers and trying to win the ball back quickly.

Sign up to get the latest exercises and coaching content!

Don't miss out on professional quality drills and analysis delivered straight to your inbox.

You have Successfully Subscribed!