If you can spot gaps, you need to get the ball there quickly. That's the best space. What happens is the best space on the edges of the defence? That might need some quick but long passes. Work on your players' technique and put it under pressure with these exercises. MORE
VIDEO: Random realign and pass
Use this introductory exercise to improve depth in realign, and then accurate passing. The random starting points makes the players think more about their roles in relation to the first receiver.
- Start by reviewing the key points of passing across the body with the hips facing up the pitch. This can be done by standing in a line of three about 2m apart, with a feeder at each of the line.
- The players simply move the ball up and down the line, and then change positions.
- Then, put a ball with each feeder.
- Call out which feeder will pass. The line of three realign to take the pass and then the feeder passes the ball.
- The final receiver becomes the new feeder and the players rotate.
- As the players become more confident, challenge them to pass before they reach a certain point, normally in line with the feeders.
Add in one defender, and then two. The first defender targets the first receiver, and so on.
- The outside player should call in when the line is ready, rather than the first player.
- Run straight and pass across the body.
- Pass for the receiver, that is in front of them.
- Follow through to the target.