Soccer training – Warm-Up - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

The shorter that distances are between the individual positions, the more difficult this drill becomes. It will take a while for your players to master this sequence; the paths are very complex. Lots of players find it difficult to switch their brains on under pressure. In this drill, the ball gets passed and the paths are constantly changed.


You can see a rectangle marked out in the animation. The bottom two corners are occupied with multiple players. Start the drill from the bottom-right marker. The player who is posted there passes the ball to the player in the center of the practice field and then runs around the top-right marker. There, he receives the pass back, which is passed straight on to the top-left marker. It is important that the passer takes the position in the center of the playing field straight away, since that is where he’ll receive the pass back; the previous center player moves to the bottom-right marker. The pass back occurs directly after the ball is passed to the center of the practice field. After stopping and controlling the ball, a diagonal pass is played towards the starting position. The passer runs to the center of the playing field straight away and the center player joins the group on the bottom right.


- Direct passing only (very difficult)
- Sequence from opposite side

Soccer coach tips

- Introduce active breaks
- Be patient

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 12, better to make more practice fields
Materials required: One ball per group, four small cone markers
Field size: Can be varied; don’t make the distances too far. The shorter the distances are, the more intense the drill is.

The paths are very complex