Soccer drills for passing

  • Pairs of two
  • One of them rolls the ball and the other passes back.
  • the passer runs back and forth between a pilon and the place of passing
  • Challenge is to play as much passes as possible in 45 seconds.

Make 4x a square of 10m x15m with 16 players

  • 1 player (X) in the middle
  • 3 players on the lines of the square with 2 balls
  • Player X is played by player A on the corner.
  • Player X takes the ball and moves to the other corner of the square and plays player B.
  • Player A on the corner runs to the next corner.
  • After this player D plays in on X who then takes the ball open again and passes on.
  • What follows now is a kind of carousel. 
  • The ball always goes crosswise, from one corner to the other.
  • Variation in this is to play the other way around.
  • Player X controls the ball with his right foot and turns and then continues to pass with the left foot.
  • Make sure you stand lightly on the forefeet here.
  • Player plays the ball in the feet of a fellow player, this player plays the ball back.
  • Player runs in on the ball and plays on the second player who is on the 16 metre line.
  • This player also plays the ball back.
  • First player runs in and shoots at goal
  • Always make a feint move.


  • Players A and D start by leading the ball to players B and E (1), 
  • The latter make themselves playable next to the stick on which A and D play the ball (2). 
  • B and E play the ball back (3) on which A and D pass the ball again (4). 
  • Then B and E play the ball on C and F (5). 
  • Doing a good control of the ball behind the stick (6) 
  • After that. they're going to finish on target. 
  • After finishing, they're going to get the ball and connect in the back.
  • Defense to attack in a 1-4-4-2.
  • Here the running forms of the attack and defence are important.
  • Form 2 of the 2 where the focus is on the outfielder 7/8 creates space for the 2/5 .
  • Here the 6 of the bb game is used to give the through ball
  • The exercise can be done without or with defense.
  • It is important that they do not play the ball directly on the 7/8 from the moment they own the ball.
  • First move the ball for some time between 3->4 4->5, where 5 gets up high as soon as the ball goes from 2 to 3.
  • When 5 receives the ball not directly to the 8 games but first back to the 4.
  • From 4 to the 3 and from 3 to the 2.
  • Let the defense get through the right running lines at the right time before they play the ball to the 7/8.
  • As soon as the ball goes from the 2 to the 7, pay attention to the correct running lines of the 7.
  • Creating space for the 2 is done by letting the 7 get into the ball and bouncing the ball to the 6.
  • After the bouncing from the 2 to the 7 the 2 have to make a running action in the depth.
  • The 7 plays the ball on the 6 that comes under the ball.
  • The 6 then plays the ball deep on the 2 with the 9 running to the first post, the 11 diagonally behind the 9 and the 8 around the second post in a line behind the 11 and 9. 
  • 10 comes on the 16 meter line and the 7 diagonally behind the 2.
  • In the following exercises it is important that the players keep moving. 
  • A fast circulation of the ball is important. 
  • When acting didactically, you can add resistance for the players if the exercise is carried out correctly 
  • A third variation within this exercise is letting the players choose for themselves 
  • The player 8/7 together with the 6 and the 10 make the choice between variant 1 and 2.
  • Exercise that can be used to practise short and long passing
  • Advanced players can play in one time
  • Each player moves to set up a 1-2
  • 1 passes to 2
  • 2 passes back on 1 and 1 plays on 3
  • 3 passes back on 2 and 2 plays on 4
  • ...
  • 6 passes back on 5 and 5 plays in depth on 6
  • 6 finishes off, gets the ball and joins the line


  • The following exercise contains a lot of speed, agility, coordination, passing and even duelling.
  • A speed exercise that can be done at any time of the training.
  • Any age group can do this exercise. There are enough variations possible that you can apply yourself.
  • With the younger and even the older groups the FUN aspect is also very pleasant.
  • You can apply this form of exercise to different distances. It is especially important to look at your age group and what you want to achieve.
  • Both players A leave with shoulder to shoulder until they're between the poles.
  • (1), They then accelerate around the pilon and go back to the stick
  • (2,3). Behind the stick, they go sideways over the hurdles
  • (4). Again they go behind the stick and accelerate forward to the stick that's the furthest away.
  • (5). Back to the other pole again
  • (6) to then get a ball played in from B
  • (7) on which A finishes on target
  • (8).Player who finishes first wins.
  • In the older ages you can have the loser do push-ups or do an extra job.
  • At younger ages you add up the points.
  • A takes the place of B and B goes to A.
  • As a variation, you can have players B throw up the ball so that A has to head the ball inside the goal.
  • As you can see, it is all about speed, agility and coordination
  • Whoever wins, it's always fun and hard work is done
  • Have fun with this speed exercise and let us know what you thought of it


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