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Very effective soccer passing drill

This soccer passing drill was first introduced to me by my former soccer coach; Ladd W. Ladd was quite the soccer coach, as he came to the states from England and introduced the community to a different soccer perspective.

The drill is comprised of players lining up into two lines that face each other. The object is for the first person in the first line to pass a soccer ball to the last person in the second line. That person is to stop the soccer ball with their body, pick it up with their hands (you can substitute dribbling here, but it does tend to slow the drill down) and run to the head of the second line. That player then restarts the passing by sending the soccer ball to the last person in the opposite line. This drill is best done on a very long field.

This soccer passing drill combines three aspects of soccer play … passing, running with purpose, and stopping a passed ball. If the drill is used for younger or newer soccer players it may be wise to have persons to shag missed balls.

Any missed balls need not be returned to the drill but simply sent to the start of the lines and restarted down the walls of players. For older or more experienced players you can make the practice drill more complicated by expanding the distance between the lines, restricting the pass to the player’s left or right foot, or requiring specific types of passing – such as lifted passes, smooth ground passes, etc.

At the conclusion of this soccer passing drill, it is good to show the players how the drill can be incorporated into their game with a quick “one touch” scrimmage.

Very effective soccer passing drill

Maintain the lines or divide the players so they are about of equal strength. The scrimmage needs no goalies because the drill was for passing and not shooting. Before starting the scrimmage inform the players that they can only “one touch” the ball to another player.

Once they have passed the ball to their teammates a set number of times they must make the next pass over the midfield line and maintain possession, making a couple of one touch passes on the opponents “side”. If they can do this it is a goal and they pass it to the other team.

Special rules are, if you touch the ball more than once as it comes to you it goes to the other team. If the other team takes away the ball they pass it back to their side and start their attempt at making a “goal”.

This drill and scrimmage teaches passing, movement, anticipation, communication, offense, and defense plus other tactics and techniques that take place in a real game.