You should incorporate passing under pressure into every training session, even if just part of a warm-up. Using this 10-minute progression will improve your players’ passing. MORE
Push the ball carrier to change his angles of running and your support runners to react so defences are not faced with easy patterns to defend.
This session works on “off-the-cuff” movements of players, so tests their recognition of space and reactions to their own team mates.
- Put three attackers in three out of the five channels.
- Have a feeder pass the ball to one of the attackers.
- That attacker must run into a new channel and pass the ball to a player who is running into a new channel.
- The players should aim to complete at least two passes at pace. Any extra passes are a bonus.
- Put two defenders in two channels about 10m away from the attackers. As soon as the ball is passed in, they run forward up their channels, to intercept or disrupt the pass or passers.
- Use touch or full tackling – with offloads.
- Repeat, but start the attackers facing the wrong way.
- Set up five players in the channels, though at least two players can start in the channel of another player.
- Put two defenders about 10m away from the attacking line. They can move into any channel.
- Have the ball passed into the attackers. The ball carrier has to pass immediately OR run into another channel and then pass.
- Use touch tackling.
- Keep changing angles when you are on the ball.
- Keep your depth off the ball, and react to where the ball carrier runs.