Unless your players get into position quickly, they won’t be able to run onto a pass at speed and attack space. This exercise gets them realigning fast so they can master this challenging skill. MORE
Long pass to victory
Players often lose accuracy when making longer passes, especially at young ages. This game progresses passing at pace, building confidence in long passing and finding the receiver.
Start with four cones 1m apart with a player on each, an end player holding a ball. At 10m intervals ahead, place four cones 2m, 3m and 5m apart (picture 1).
These distances are only suggestions and you can have your cones further apart if desired.
On your call of “Go! I’m timing you”, players pass the ball laterally from cone to cone without moving (picture 2).
Once the ball has reached the far end, they run to the next set of cones and pass down the line again. They repeat this until they reach the end cones then they turn and sprint back (picture 3).
Race teams against each other on other squares.
- First team to cross the line wins.
- Race against the clock to find the fastest team.
“Ball across the body, arms pointing at the target after release.”
“Hands towards the ball while waiting for a pass.”
There are times when a longer pass is needed, especially when running a miss move or looking for a player in space out wide.