An drill which we picked up a few years ago from a Brazilian soccer trainer. When the drill was carried out, it wasn’t only the players who really enjoyed it – the trainer did too. It’s worth bringing this into training sessions and expanding upon it. A few possibilities for expansion: add pairs, adjust the distances, and add in a goal shot at the end. Many variations can be introduced, to encourage as much successful learning as possible.
Two pairs form a gauntlet for one player. Each pair has a ball. In the first pair, the player on the right hand side has the ball; in the second pair, the left-hand player has it – or the other way round. The starting player also has a ball. He starts moving into the gauntlet. In good time before he reaches the first pair, he passes the ball to the player in the pair who does not have one. At the same time, he receives a pass from the other player who does have a ball. After receiving the ball, he repeats the process with the next pair. Change over the “gauntlet pairs” after a few repetitions of the drill.
- Increase the number of pairs
- Increase the distances
- Different passing techniques
- Make sure high speeds are maintained!
- Eyes up, heads up
- Correct individual players’ mistakes
- Push for increased speed
Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 7
Maximum group size: 12
Materials required: One ball per pair and enough balls for the other players, five cone markers or other ground markers for orientation.
Field size: According to ability. The passes are made from a running position, so the distance between the pairs needs to be large enough to accommodate this.