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.

Changing the Point of Attack

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on changing the point of attack and taking advantage of the defensive shifts.

This activity uses a half field and has 4 attacking players, 3 defending players and a keeper in goal. There are outside zones from the 18 extended to the sideline and one of the attacking players starts in each outside zone.

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The two central attackers can pass back and forth until one
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Dynamic Training For Overlaps

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with two lines of players 30 yards apart and two players in the middle, 15 yards apart. There is a ball with the first player in one of the lines.

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Passing Drill with Turns and Movement

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s passing activity works on passing, quick touches, turns and movement.

This activity involves 5 players per group. 2 groups of 2, 20 yards apart and a player in the middle. One of the players on the outside has a ball.

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Take-Over Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with 2 players 20 yards apart, one of whom has a ball. A third player is behind the player with the ball.

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The player with the ball starts by passing to the far player and then running right at that player.

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The player who receives the ball dribbles at the player coming at him.

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The dribbling player opens his hips to allow the runner to do a takeover.

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The player who allowed the takeover runs to the end line behind the waiting player and the dribbler takes the ball to the opposite endline, does a turn and passes to the third player.

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The activity then continues for 2 straight minutes at full speed.

The objective with this activity is to have good crisp passes, sprints after each pass, good communication (verbal and non verbal) for the takeover and then sharp turns.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.