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Passing Drills

Passing is a fundamental skill that is extremely important for players to develop in order to be successful. Without sound passing abilities players will not be able to keep possession or strategically progress the ball down field to create goal scoring opportunties. Here are some important things to keep in mind to help players improve their passing abilities:

  • Players should be able to read the game to understand where to pass the ball
  • Players should use good passing technique to deliver the ball accurately
  • In most cases, using the inside of the foot will lead to the most accurate passes
  • Ensure players practice different types of passes and using both feet to handle all situations

On this page you will find various types of passing exercises from drills to practice basic technique to more advanced team drills for players to practice moving the ball in different situations.

Diagonal Short Short Longs

Diagonal Short Short Longs

Diagonal short short longs is a passing warm-up sequence to get players to work on short and long passes before a training or a match.

Wall Pass Shooting Drill

Wall Pass Shooting Drill

The wall pass shooting drill is a simple way for players to work on combination play and finishing.

3v3 Defenders In Zones

3v3 Defenders In Zones

3v3 defenders in zones is a small sided game variation which gives the offensive team an incentive to move the ball as the defenders must stay in their areas.

Rondo In A Rondo

Rondo In A Rondo

In this rondo variation the defender in the middle can win the ball and play out to their teammates to play keep away from the original attackers.

Through Pass Competition

Through Pass Competition

The through pass competition is a great way for players to find openings for through passes on offence and for players to work on closing off passing lanes on defence.

Two Sided Possession Game

Two Sided Possession Game

The two sided possession game is a passing competition where two teams try to maintain control of the ball with the help of neutral players.

Passing With Third Man Runners

Passing With Third Man Runners

Passing with third man runners is a passing sequence that can be used to practice passing technique, work on combination play, or as a warm-up.Set Up For this exercise position your team as shown in the diagram. One line of players starts next to a mini goal, one...

6v3 To 3v1 Killer Pass Keep Away

6v3 To 3v1 Killer Pass Keep Away

Killer pass keep away is a possession based drill to help players work on keeping the ball, moving to find open spaces, and working together.

Rondo Pressure Drill

Rondo Pressure Drill

The rondo pressure drill is a fun keep away variation with two teams competing against each other.

Spaced Out Rondo

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...

Two Teams Against One

Two Teams Against One

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

Rondo To Attack

Rondo To Attack

Rondo to attack is a fun rondo ‘keep away’ variation where once players have completed a certain number of passes they can go forward and try to score.

Keep Away To Wide Players

Keep Away To Wide Players

Keep away to wide players is a fun keep away style game where once a team completes a given number of passes they can play it out wide and attack.

4v2 Transitional Rondo

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.

Numbered Passing

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.

Passing Down The Field

Passing Down The Field

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.

3 Team Possession Drill

3 Team Possession Drill

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

Find The Killer Pass

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.

4v2 Rondo With Dribble Retake

4v2 Rondo With Dribble Retake

This simple drill helps you teach your players how to take up positions to maintain possession and to react and transition fast to dribble forward when winning the ball.

Jürgen Klopp Pressing Warm-Up

Jürgen Klopp Pressing Warm-Up

The Jürgen Klopp pressing warm-up is an excellent passing style warm-up that places an emphasis on defensive pressure and closing down the space quickly.

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