Making Runs For Long Passes

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on making a long pass, receiving a long pass and then timing runs for balls served from the side.

With the big emphasis on small sided soccer (which usually means small fields) a lot of players have lost the ability to pass a ball 35-40 yards accurately and also to receive these type of balls. This is a progression which works on that, and a lot more.

Start with a player in the middle of the field 45 yards out or so. Another player is out wide and then there are two players on the other side. There is also a keeper in goal.

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Finishing on Goal After a Long Pass

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on long passes, receiving long passes, combinations and finishing.

Start with two goals 50 yards apart with a keeper in each goal. There are two players in the middle and a line of players on the right side of each goal with balls.

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The first player in one of the lines starts by driving a ball to Continue reading

Playing and Receiving Long Passes

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Todays featured activity works on playing a long ball, receiving long balls, attacking from width and defensive shape

Start with  a player with a ball near the center circle.  There are 2 attacking players  out wide on each side between 18-25 yards out.  There are three defenders inside the 18 a keeper in goal.


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Playing and Receiving a Long Ball

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on playing a long ball, receiving a long ball, dribbling toward goal, shooting, goalkeeping and fitness

Start with two small line of players on one sideline (one line with balls), 30-40 yards from goal.

Opposite them is another line of players.  A keeper is in goal.


The first player with a ball drives a ball cross field to the Continue reading

Attacking With Longer Passes

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on possession, attacking and longer passes.

This is a 4 v 4 game with a third team resting.  The field is 40 x 30 and there is an extra 10 yards on each end line.  Two small goals are set up 10 yard beyond each endline with a player from the resting team in each goal.


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