Soccer Passing Drills

Drill #1: Pass – Long Ball – Dribble – Cross

This training drill is great to give players options to attack and open up the field. Movement without the ball is critical! One simple drill but many components to cover. I love this one! What do you think?

  • 1: Hard pass on the ground. Follow your pass with speed.
  • 2A: Through Pass into the space. On the ground or air. Precision is key.
  • 2B: Run the line. Control the ball in no more than 2 touches.
  • 3A: Check in as if 2A was played to you and then take off. Time your run towards the back post. Expect the ball and mistakes.
  • 3B: Check in as if 2A was played to you and then take off . Time your run towards the front post. IN FRONT of the goalkeeper.
  • 4: Dribble down the line with speed. Keep the ball close to your feet (every step a touch!)
  • 5: Nice cross. Keep your head up and look for your teammates. Try to make eye contact or give a signal.

Drill #2: Pass – Movement – Finish

This training drill is perfect for wingers and strikers. It has a quick transition from side to side in three passes, with a through ball and a chance to score.

  • 1A: Get wide and check in for the ball.
  • 1B: Pass the ball to outside player. The timing is key.
  • 2: Quick run to the center of the field. Be ready to send a through ball towards the opposite side.
  • 3A: A pass to find the player that moved into the space in the middle of the field.
  • 3B: When 3A is played, start the run. ALWAYS keep an eye on the ball and time your run.
  • 4: Pass into the space. Be aware of the strength of the pass. Use no more than 2 touches.
  • 5: Hit it hard and follow your rebound!

Drill #3: Pass – Switch – Finish

This training drill focuses on a long pass to break the defensive line. Using one-touch passes will take you to the next level!

  • 1A: Get wide and check in for the ball. Be ready to switch the ball with a long pass.
  • 1B: Pass the ball to outside player. The timing is key.
  • 2A: Strategic run to make the defender follow you. Keep you eyes on the ball. Be ready to control the ball.
  • 2B: A long pass (on the ground or on the air). Precision is key with the pass.
  • 3: Check in as if 2B will be played to you and then time your strategic run. Watch the offside.
  • 4: Pass to find the striker. Be aware of the offside (of your teammates). Follow any rebound.
  • 5: Hit it hard and follow your rebound!

Drill #4: Transition from Side to Side

This training drill focuses moving the ball from side to side and then finishing. If this can be applied in a game, then you are taking your skills to the next level!

  • 1: Nice pass to open the field.
  • 2A: Pass to the forward on your side.
  • 2B: Run down the line as if you were to get the ball right back.
  • 3A: Check in. Be ready to open up the field quick!
  • 3B: Move to the center of the field to create an open space for the winger.
  • 4A: Nice pass.
  • 4B: Run into the space diagonally towards the goal.
  • 4C: Run towards the goal, expecting a cross or rebound. TIME YOUR RUN!
  • 5: Long Pass into the space. Not too hard; ultimately, you want the winger to shoot to goal.
  • 6: Shoot! Follow your rebound. Keep an eye on your teammates making runs, perhaps a cross is a better option.

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