Improving Combination Play
The Improving Combination Play drill will help improve combination play as well as switching the point of attack. Use this soccer drill when you are organizing a soccer practice around passing and moving.
Improving Soccer Combination Play
The Improving Combination Play drill will help improve combination play as well as switching the point of attack.
- Create a grid approximately 40X40 yards. The area of the grid can be increased or decreased depending on the number of players and/or the skill level of the players.
- Split your team into 2 even groups with no more than 8 players per group.
- Make sure the teams are easily distinguished with colored bibs.
- Have the RED team place a player in one corner of the grid and another player in the diagonally opposite corner of the grid.
- Have the BLUE team do the same thing on the 2 open corners of the grid.
- The players in the middle will play keep away from the opposing team while trying to score points.
- Award a point each time a team passes the ball into their team’s corner player, who then must play a first time ball to a third player on the same team.
- The player that plays the ball into the corner player then becomes the new corner player.
- First team to 10 wins.
- If players are still struggling with 1-touch passes, increase the number of touches from the corner players to 2-touch.
- Limit the inside players touches to encourage more passing.
Drill Coaching Points
- Make sure players inside the grid play early balls to quickly change the point of attack.
- Players must play together and be thinking ahead to effectively support the attack.
- Corner players can move around the corner to adjust their angles and positioning.
- Disc Cones - Mini or Full-Size Disc Cones are a critical piece of equipment that every soccer coach must have in your equipment bag.
- Scrimmage Pinnies/Vests - Scrimmage vests, also called bibs or pinnies, are also another must-have in your soccer coaching equipment bag.
- Soccer Practice or Training Balls - Every player should have a soccer balls at practice to have a successful training session.
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