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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Defensive Overlapping Drill

The Defensive Overlapping Drill is a great drill to teach fullbacks to overlap midfielders and getting the defenders into the attack. This is a great starting point to teaching defensive overlaps.

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Dribbling to Beat Defenders, Take on Defenders

The Dribbling to Beat Defenders, Take on Defenders drill is a great soccer drill to teach players to dribble at and beat defenders. It also focuses on other aspects of the game such as passing, receiving, and support. Teaches players to take on defenders.

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Soccer Pass and Move Drill

This soccer passing drill is a great drill to teach players movement, awareness, accuracy, timing, first touch and passing with all parts of the foot. This exercise is a good passing and moving soccer drill.

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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.

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Improving Speed of Play - Passing Drill

This soccer drill is designed to improve the speed of play, decision making, and passing accuracy under pressure.

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Soccer Ball Smash

The Soccer Ball Smash soccer passing drill will focus on the player who is just learning to pass, as this drill will focus on passing accuracy.

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Quick Transition Game

This soccer drill is an excellent way to focus on attacking and defending and is ideal for teaching the basic principals of soccer. The game can be modified to illustrate many aspects of the game.

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Soccer End Zone Game

The soccer end zone game is a great soccer drill that will help coaches focus on all aspects of attacking and defending in soccer. With incorporating end zones into the game, it gives players a chance to learn to attack space behind the defense and allows defenders to learn how to deny space behind them.

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Finding the Target Player

The Finding the Target Player possession passing drill is designed to encourage midfield and defensive players to look up the field to find the "Target Player" and play into that Target player.

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Angle of Support Soccer Possession Drill

The Angle of Support Soccer Possession Drill is a soccer passing drill for teaching young players angle of support and spacing.

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