Passing, Receiving, Quick Turns and Movement Off the Ball

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving, quick turns and movement off the ball.

Start with 2 lines of players 20 yards apart and one player in the middle. A ball starts with the first player in one of the lines.

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The player with the ball passes to the player in the middle and then follows his pass.

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The receiving player turns and passes to the first player in the other line and then follows his pass.

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The player who receives the ball on the end line one touches the ball back to the passer who lays the ball off for a square pass.

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The player with the ball then one touches the ball to the middle player, follows his pass and they continue this pattern.

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Once this activity is going there is a one touch wall pass series on each end, a quick turn and pass in the middle and movement after each pass.

Each pass has to passed to the correct spot, weighted properly and timed properly.

You can change the type of turns in the middle, for variety, and also alter the distance of each of the passes.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Footwork, Fitness and Finishing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on footwork, fitness and finishing.

Start with three balls lined up 5 yards apart beyond the top of the D and then 6 balls spread out around the top of the 18. There is a keeper in goal and a line of players beyond the last ball.

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The first player starts by sprinting to the first ball and jumping side to side over the ball 6 times.

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The player then runs to the next cone and does the same while the next player in line goes to the first cone.

 

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The players then go to the next ball and the third player joins in.

 

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The first player then sprints to the first ball on his right and shoots a first time shot, while the others move up.

 

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The next player to shoot will sprint to the first ball on his left and then the following player will shoot to the second ball on the right etc.

 

The idea here is to get quick jumps, move forward, get more jumps in and then when it’s time to shoot, get the steps correct for a good shot on goal.

 

Another option is to have a server near the last ball in line and the server plays a simple ball for the shooter to run onto and hit first time.

 

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The advantage of using the server is it forces the players to hit a moving ball.

 

Other options are to have the players take touches on top of the balls or on the sides of the ball, as opposed to jumping over the balls.

 

As soon as a player shoots they must retrieve their ball, get it back and get back to the line to be ready for their next turn.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Quick Passing and Receiving Warm-Up

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a quick passing and receiving activity to be used as a warm up.

Start with two lines of cones with each cone 3 yards from the next. The two lines are 5 yards apart. There are two players in this activity and one ball.

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The players are playing two touch and it starts with the  player with the ball passing through the first hole to the second player.

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The receiving player takes a touch to the side and then passes the ball through the next hole.

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That player takes a touch to the side and then passes back through the next hole.

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The players do this all the way till the end and then they do the same back.

There are many options you can add in this activity such as requiring the receiving touch to be done with the inside of the foot, the outside of the foot, with a Cruyff move, etc. You can also alter the distance of the cones from each other or the lines from each other.

You can time this activity to see which two players can get down and back quickest or which two players can get through the most cones in a set period of time.

Considering this is a simple warm up activity there are a lot of options you can add to keep this fresh and effective.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Passing, Receiving and Awareness

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving and awareness.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with 3 groups of 4’s.  The size of the grid and the number of people in the groups can vary based on availability, ability and need.  Three players start with a ball.

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In this example, the black team passes to the yellow team.  The yellow team passes to the blue team and the blue team passes to the black team.  Whenever a player makes a pass he must sprint at the receiving player and just before getting to him, cut in one direction or the other.

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At the same time that the black player is passing to the yellow player and running at him, the yellow player is bassing to the blue player and running at him and the  blue player is passing to the black player and running at him.

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This activity quickly becomes quite hectic as players are either passing, receiving, running at someone or making themselves available for the next pass.

You can alter this activity by adding more balls, or by limiting touches (all passes are one touch or two touches).

Personally, I like this activity because it has a lot of movement, communication and thinking while the players just think they are passing and receiving.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Passing Under Pressure and Moving After the Pass

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on passing under pressure and moving after the pass.

Start with 4 lines of players, with each line in the middle of an endline of a 25 x 25 area.  One player starts with a ball.

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The sequence is quite simple.  The player with the ball passes to his right and runs to his left.  The player opposite the passer runs at the passer.

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This results in the players as shown below.

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The sequence continues.

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The player sprinting at the passer starts as the ball is getting to the passer so it adds some pressure to the passer.

You can do this as a two touch passing activity, which forces the receiver to touch the ball away from the runner, or as a one touch passing activity which forces everyone to sprint hard to be ready for the next activity.

In the beginning the players might get a bit confused which will result in them adding communication into the activity but as they catch on, they will be sprinting hard, passing away from pressure and moving after the pass.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Finishing From Crosses

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on finishing crosses.

Start with a grid that is 50 x 50 with a goal on each endline. There are 4 players on the sidelines with balls. They are numbered 1-4. There is a keeper in each goal and 2 forwards in the middle.

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Player 1, on the outside starts by taking a touch and then Continue reading