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Exercises to Improve “Passing” Movement

Passing is how a player sends the ball to a teammate, precisely enough to reach him; this technical move allows players to relate with a single touch and improve the team’s game.

They can be classified by the speed, elevation, trajectory or by the distance the ball covers, its tactical intention, and the part of the body that we touch it with. Among the different types of passes we can find, there is: pass to the hole, pass backward, pass to short, medium or long distance, direct pass, pass on the wall, and auto-pass.

Tips to improve “passing” in soccer

Exercise number 1

The basic idea is that they play in pairs, where they’re placed in front of each other, and the ball is passed fast between them. By placing training cones on the sides of each player, the coach creates a funnel-like structure for the pair that’s going to train. This inverted triangle works as guides for both players, that start the practice by positioning themselves in on each side of the imaginary ‘base’ of the triangle-like shape and moving forward one step at a time towards the tip, they’ll pass the ball to each other.

As they play forward towards the tip of the triangle/funnel, they’ll have to change the leg they use for each pass (left leg one pass, right leg the next and so on). The speed is fundamental with this exercise, as it requires going fast and moving along the lines while passing the ball.

What’s the benefit of this technique? Here’s the insight.  

  • Change the contact leg.
  • Increase pass distance.

Exercise number 2

In pairs, the players are distributed across the field. Each pair has a ball, which they use to pass between each other in a circuit-like structure. This circuit has ‘times’ for using zig-zag shaped passes, long passes and short passes and even dribbling with the ball.

They have imaginary ‘goals’ across the field. Ideally, the distribution is 4 to 5 pairs, with evenly distributed spaces to move in the width of the field. The imaginary division in 4 sections allows 8 players to train at a time, with the coach whistling when to change the routine for the circuit. An additional training for this could be scoring after a pass, which will require setting a ‘goal area’ for each section of the field. These divisions work best when done in the width of the field, as it creates better spaces for the players to train.

What’s the benefit of this technique?

  • Learning how to do quick passes.
  • Better response to changes while moving.

Exercise number 3

Distributed in pairs across the field, with a ball for each pair, the players make passes with a twist: one of them has to remain static in the field. This technique requires the static player to receive the pass and shoot it to the moving partner unpredictably: whether the shot is done left or right depends on the player that’s not running. The passes must be done and the player that has to pick them has a ‘safe’ area, after that which the ball is considered ‘lost.’

The players alternate for 5 minutes in each position, one static and one running. They need to change the length and tactic for each pass, creating long and slow to short and fast passes each time, left or right to keep the energy up and the game active. This has to be played for rounds of 2 to 4 minutes each.

What’s the benefit of this technique?

  • Increases speed in reaction time.
  • Allows players to get used to different lengths in passes.

Exercise number 4

A rope is placed to divide pairs of players facing each other. One player makes a pass under it and the other returns it with the first touch of his foot, in a way that lifts the ball off the grass so that the first player can receive it with his hands. Each ball received will be considered as a point that we will be counted out loud.

This exercise has to be played for two minutes for each player, moving along to another training activity or rest until the next round. The global points of each pair will be counted and considered for further activities: whoever gets the highest score, starts the next activity.

What’s the benefit of this technique?

  • Reception of passes in a short distance.
  • Agility to ‘move up’ the ball.

A good player is one that receives integral training, where each of the activities on the field is planned to boost their abilities. Learn more about our training technique with Evolution Soccer Academy.

Source: Futbol en positivo/El pase y sus distintas formas/Spanish.

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