Soccer Passing Drills and Skills

Soccer passing drills are another vital piece to the game of soccer. Passing helps quickly advance the ball in an attempt to off-balance the defense. Since the speed of the ball is much quicker than a dribble, passing becomes a critical piece of soccer as the kids advance in age and skill level. There are many different types of passes, such as the push pass, chip pass, outside of the foot pass, and instep pass.

Purpose of Soccer Passing Drills and Skills

  • To switch the point of attack to quickly off-balance the defense.
  • To reduce pressure.
  • To create time and space.
  • To maintain possession.

Soccer Passing Drills and Skills Coaching Points

  • Become efficient passing with both feet.
  • Body is balanced and body is over the ball.
  • Arms are away from body to assist in balance.
  • Proper weight of the pass.
  • Good Timing of the pass.
  • Use the appropriate surface when striking the ball (inside, outside, or top of foot).
  • Look at the target before making the pass.
  • Eye on the ball during contact.
  • Good first touch when controlling the ball
  • For a push pass, pull the toe up and lock your ankle before passing.
  • Follow through towards your target.

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Soccer Drills

5v2 Rotating Defenders

This 5v2 drill will focus on keeping possession by making good passes as well as good passing decisions, moving to open space, and good communication.
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Soccer Drills

3v2 Flying Changes

This drill is designed to focus on all aspects of the game in a 3v2 situation. Mainly runs of attackers, angle of support, passing vs. shooting decisions, defensive shape, and recovery runs, along with working on mental attentiveness.
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Soccer Drills

3v3 Plus 3

This drill focuses on keeping possession. Passing, receiving, movement, and angle of support can be singled out. Causes players to look up and be aware of the surrounding players.
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Soccer Drills

4v4, To Lines or Small Goals

In Soccer, 4v4 is the smallest version of a full-sided game. While on the attack, to be successful in a four vs. four matches, players must penetrate via the pass, dribble, or shot; players must provide support to the player with the ball, and players need to create width to the field. On the defensive side of the field, players must provide pressure to the ball, delay the attack, cover for the player pressuring the ball, and balancing the field of play. This 4v4 practice focuses on all aspects of the match including attacking, defending, passing, receiving, support, penetration, and spreading the field.
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