Passing down the field is a simple warm-up drill where players pass back and forth to get their touch sharp on the ball before a training session or game.
This exercise is extremely simple and requires almost no set up. Players just need a partner and a ball. A coach can also set up a field or defined area so that there is a clear start line and end line.
How It Works
Once the players have a partner and a ball they begin passing back and forth, working their way down to the other side of the field. Other variations of this exercise can include using different parts of the feet, or having one partner act as a tosser while the other works on headers or volleys.
A simple exercise like this provides players a chance to work on proper fundamentals. When working with younger players it’s nice to emphasize passing and trapping with the inside of the foot so that they develop good habbits. In addition, players should practice using both feet.
This exercise functions well as a warm-up drill to get players moving and focused at the beginning of a training session.