Handling under pressure shows up whether the players have developed good passing habits. This fun game certainly motivates them to concentrate on the best skills to win the race. MORE
VIDEO: Passing under pressure – how to build a technique into a skill
Building the skills to draw and pass, and for the supporting player to run onto the pass. It starts with the technique of running straight, at speed and passing for a team mate before adding a defender.
- In groups of three, one player (P1) controls the exercise, the next (P2) performs a series of skills and a third (P3) acts as receiver.
- When P1 shouts “GO”, he feeds the ball to P2 who attacks a pole or cone.
- Just before the pole/cone P2 gives a flat pass to P3 who comes onto the ball at pace.
- P2’s skills/exercises can include hitting a pad and driving on, press ups and disorientation exercises (spinning round with closed eyes). P1 can also control catching skills, e.g. through random passing.
Progress to a “skill” with a defender starting behind the cone and coming forward to pressurise the first receiver.
- Accelerate toward defender.
- Keep the hands high to receive the ball and give the pass.
- Follow your pass, especially when passing further.
- Receiver: communicate and give a target.
- Follow the hands through to the target.
- Receiver: accelerate onto the ball.
The receiver varies the distance of the pass (short or long) and off both sides. Introduce a second receiver (one short and one long) so the passer has to decide who to pass to.
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