Three gates, through which the players constantly offer themselves to receive a pass, are what define this drill. We will start off easy, then increase the difficulty level. The passer gains his direction from the path the receiver runs; the receiver decides where the pass should be played by running through a “gate”. This forces the passer to lift his head before passing.
We will mark out three “gates” using ground markers, some distance from the goal. Behind the gate, two groups line up behind markers to the left and right. Two more groups are posted on the other side of the field. The players on this side don’t need any balls.
In our animation, the player who is posted on the right-hand side behind the goal starts dribbling around it. At the same time, another player starts from the other side. He runs through one of three “gates” and offers himself to receive a pass. This is followed by a precise pass and a shot on goal. Finally, the exercise is repeated from the other side. The players who took part then switch groups.
- The shot on goal should be made after bringing the ball under control
- Make sure that players try and kick on target, if possible with the inside of their foot, since we’re practicing passes, not goal scoring.
Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 9 + goalie
Maximum group size: 15 + goalie
Materials required: Enough balls, 8 markers, one goal
Field size: According to ability, not too close to the goal