Developing the tunnel drill, the pairs exercise requires the supporting player to time their runs, plus provides a moving target for the first passer. MORE
VIDEO: Receive then step, receive then step and pass
Taking a pass close to the defensive line needs the receiver to step away from the contact, and quickly. If they have a supporting player behind them, they can also step and pass into the space they left behind. Use this exercise to develop the footwork, handling and support skills needed.
- A feeder passes the ball to a receiver as they enter a box. The receiver should aim to enter with their hips facing up the pitch.
- As soon as the receiver takes the pass, a pad holder comes forward.
- The receiver needs to step inside or outside the pad holder.
- Develop by adding a supporting player. The receiver now pops up to the support player if the pad holder moves with them, or go for the gap if not.
- Keep swapping the sides that the ball comes in from.
- Take away the cones, but still encourage square hips.
- Also, start the receiver in different places, though always encourage a square position (that is facing up the pitch) when receiving the ball.