Use this passing game to encourage accurate, fast passing developing into passing at pace, both by going forward and moving the ball laterally. Lots of passing practice doesn’t reward accurate passing. Unless the pass isn’t executed well, the passing group won’t beat the lone runner. MORE
Short to long passing
Improve your players’ passing on the run, support play and different lengths of pass as they realign and move forward.
This activity encourages players to be confident to give different types of passes and also be in a position to receive passes.
- Put four players inside the first 10m channel pop passing and running onto the ball at pace.
- When they reach the 10m square the ball carrier accelerates and the others fan out to fill the width.
- The ball is passed at pace along the line and the last player accelerates towards the 5m square.
- The other players file in behind using pop passes to the end of the square.
- Run the exercise unopposed until the players can execute it at pace.
- Add in defenders as a development.
- Swap the boxes around, so players work on passing in the other direction in the middlebox.
- Run on to the ball at pace.
- Give sympathetic passes. Pop passes are floated into space off the fingertips.
- Players supporting their passes and communicating with the ball carrier.