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Soccer training – Passing - Play Against The Wall

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Soccer drill procedure

In this "wall game", the player uses his fellow player like a wall during play. The wall player tries to bounce the ball exactly against the other player. The term "wall" doesn’t fit exactly, since playing against a real wall would result in the concept of "angle of incidence = angle of reflection". We’re not in school, but on the soccer pitch, which is why we don’t have to deal with that, thankfully. If my theory is incorrect, please don’t email me, please just forget it. The wall player can move the ball on in different directions, to exactly where the receiver is standing.


In this drill, we’ll train two wall plays. If you look closely at the animation, you’ll see two pairs; the player standing with his back to the goal is always the wall player. A defense player stands behind the wall player, near the goal, but we’ll come to that later.

The animation starts on the left side. The starting player stands just three to four meters from the wall player. He passes and receives the bounce back just to the right, right into this running path. After controlling the ball for a short period of time, he passes to the next wall player. You can vary the distance between the second pass depending on your player’s ability.

The second wall player lets the ball bounce off this teammate, who runs into position. Now we can discuss the defender. He is not supposed to stop the wall play, but to make things difficult directly after this. The second wall player and the second receiver can then be combined, but please be careful of the off-side rule. Finally, the players switch positions, as you can see in the animation.


- Vary the distance between players
- Low, mid-height and high passes
- Do without defense
- Do drill sequence from the other side of the field
-The wall players can stop the ball to start with, in order to get used to it

Soccer coach tips

- Correct errors individually
- Demand quick, direct passing

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 8 + Goalkeeper for longer passing distances, otherwise fewer players
Maximum group size: 12 + goalkeeper
Materials required: Enough balls, three cone markers, one goal
Field size: According to group’s ability

Information: There are already more than 1,000 animations online at, as well as plenty of interesting articles by very well-known soccer experts.

If you don’t want to wait for the translations, you can take a look at The animations often speak for themselves.

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