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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.
The Ajax passing square is a simple and effective passing warm-up to work on different passing combinations and sharpen technical skills.
The 3v3v3 rondo keep away drill is played with 3 teams where two teams keep possession against one team in the middle.
The small tight rondo is a simple rondo variation with 3 or 4 players playing keep away from a defender in a small space.
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.
The wall pass shooting drill is a simple way for players to work on combination play and finishing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The team rondo finishing challenge is a fun and exciting game with two teams competing to complete passes and score.
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...
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.
The rondo pressure drill is a fun keep away variation with two teams competing against each other.
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 is an easy keep away competition where three teams take turns playing defence in the middle.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
The three team possession drill is a fun and competitive rondo variation played with three teams.
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