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Soccer drill procedure

Only well-targeted passing, good ball control, keeping to the running paths and a successful duel will make a goal possible at the end of this sequence. The small start markers for two groups make sure that players come towards the pass and make controlling the ball more difficult.
There are lots of things that may not work, but I’m sure your team can do it.


Form three groups. The first group stands at a small marker, far away from the goal, on the right-hand side of the field. In this group, every player has a ball. The second group is positioned, also on a small marker, vertically opposite. We have built cone goalposts a little bit away from this group. The third group stands on the left side of the field; they move horizontally to the goal. This group is also posted at a small marker. The goalposts should be directly in front of them.
The players who start the sequence are those from the group with balls. The sequence begins with a pass to the cone goalposts on the opposite side. The first player in front of the goal starts towards the ball and - after controlling the ball for a short time - passes to a player on the other side of the field, who has started towards the ball by this time. The last passer then becomes a defender and the last receiver becomes an offender, who goes against the defender one-on-one.
After this sequence, the starting player changes to the group at the goal, the attacker retrieves the ball (not as lazily as in the animation) and switches to the ball group. The defender joins the group on the left side of the field.


- Direct passing only
- Repeat from the other side

Soccer coach tips

- Encourage aggressive defence
- Mix the distances up

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 4, one goalkeeper
Maximum group size: 6, one goalkeeper
Materials required: Enough balls, four cone markers, three small markers, one goal
Field size: According to group’s ability

Well-targeted passing, good ball control