Soccer Pass Exercises

Are you looking for some quality soccer exercises to improve your team’s passing abilities? Then this page is just the thing for you. With these four training examples you can immediately head off to the soccer training field. Click on one of the pass exercises to get to the description. If that is not enough for you, then register on planet.training and start finding thousands of exercises in our database.

Medicine Ball – Pass Competition

QÜ1

Set up

This exercises requires a 20m x 15m field, which you mark down with cones. In the middle of this field you should place 5-7 medicine balls into a neutral zone. The neutral zone covers an area of 3m to both sides. Mark down the neutral area with cones as well. Divide the group into two teams – Each player should get a ball. Place additional balls close to the teams.

Execution

As soon as the coach has given the start signal, the players will target the medicine balls in the middle of the field. The goal is to move the balls out of the neutral zone inside the opposing team’s zone (behind the cone line). Strong and precise shooting is required. Each ball that crosses the opponents line, will count as a point for the team. Decision making as well as orientation skills are demanded – Players will get to the point where they have to decide whether they should go for a score or rather focus on preventing the opponents from scoring?

Playing time: 2 minutes – Which team reaches the highscore?

There’s more than one exercise in a training…

Find more exercises here

4 (+4) vs 4 on several goals

Set up

Divide the group into three teams of 4 (you can vary the amount of players in a team). Place 5 cone/pole goals with a width of 3m, on the pitch (30m x 30m). Adjust the size of the field and goals to the amount of players.

Execution

Two teams (red and orange) play as one versus the third team. The 4+4 team is the ball controlling team and tries to create spacing, through fast passing and good positional play. Goals can be scored, when succesfully passing and receiving the ball through cone/pole goals. The third team of four tries to keep the two attacking teams from scoring, with maintaining a good positional play.

Playing time: 6 games of 2 minutes – Each team of 4 will be playing defense twice.

QÜ5
Find more exercises here

There is always room for improvement…

Pass and Dribbling Competition

QÜ7

Set up

Four cones will mark down a 15m x 15m field – an additional cone will be put at one of the four corners and will determine the starting cone. In this field a zig-zag pattern will be set up with cones. The group will be divided into two equal teams. The first team (orange) will go to the zig zag course – one player per cone, whilst the second team (green) will go to the starting cone of the square. Team 1 will need one ball, whilst every player of team 2 will need one ball.

Execution

After the coach has given the starting signal, team 1 has to pass the ball as fast as possible from the first to last player and back, through the zig-zag course. Meanwhile the second team is dribbling around the field as fast as possible. As soon as Team 1 has completed three rounds of the zig-zag course the second team has to stop dribbling immediately. The last player of team 2 is the determining factor for the amount of completed rounds. Different forms of dribbling and passing can be used as a variation. This exercise exercise is especially suitable for younger players.

Which team completes the most rounds dribbling around the square?

What kind of practice makes perfect?

Find more exercises here

4 (+4) vs 4 – Inside the penalty area

Set up

This exercises requires a penalty box and a game sized goal. Divide the group into three teams of 4 and give them different coloured bibs. Two of the teams will be inside the penalty box, whilst the third team will scatter outside of it (see drawing).

Execution

The two teams inside the penalty box will play a regular “4 vs 4” with a goalkeeper between the posts, in which they can’t leave the penalty area. The neutral team, which is outside the box will play with the attacking team the whole time. The so called “wall players” (Team outside the box) is limited to two ball touches per player, before they have to pass the ball to the next player (orange and white). After scoring a goal, the goalkeeper will throw the ball to a player outside of the box, to start the next attack. The previously attacking players remains the offensive team. If the defense wins the ball or the goalkeeper saves a shot, they will pass the ball to the “wall players” before the defending team will becomes the attacking one – Change of ball possession!

Playing time: 3 x 5 minutes – Each team will play outside of the box once

Soccer exercise - Outnumbered in the box