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Passing technique exercises

Intro

In modern soccer, passing technique is considered the key principle of the collective game. After a brief conceptual approach, we will present a series of exercises to work passing technique through contextualized plays.

In soccer,  the pass is part of the collective technique – the actions that can put together two or more players of the same team, in search of collective benefit.

Furthermore,  pass can be defined as the technical action that establishes a connection between two elements of the team through the ball transmission, in order to reach its destiny as fast as possible.

With passing, players can have different goals:

  • Reach, from a collective perspective, the center of the game on the opponent’s goal
  • Ensure the ball possession (withdraw from pressure)
  • Temporize the offensive play rhythm
  • Create a favorable situation for another team mate to score (assist)
  • Shift the game orientation

Passing can be classified according different criteria:

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After this brief theoretical approach, we present you a series of exercises for passing, avoiding analytic work and making it contextualized:

  • Passing exercises
  • Ball possession exercises
  • Small games
  • Rondos

 

Exercise 1 – Standardized 6×0

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Description:

  • Passing and scoring exercise
  • Making a collective combination with no opposition towards the opponent’s goal
  • Rotation always to the right
  • Always start 2 times from the right side, and 2 times from the left side.

Goal:

  • Variate passing technic – short/long, inside/outside
  • Scoring – rectify body position, foot position, surface in contact with the ball

Dimension:

  • Half field

 

Exercise 2 – Sectoral 7×3

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Description:

  • In one of the sides we play 4×2
  • 4 passes and they can put the ball on the other side where is 3×1
  • The defenders alternate on the ball side with 2 and on the empty side with 1
  • The player who steals the ball or is playing for the longest time give way to another defender
  • When they make the transition, 1 of the offensive players switch sides too, preferably by proximity

Goal:

  • Ball possession
  • Reception, passing and mobility work 

Dimension:

  • 30x40m


Exercise 3 – Ball possession 8×4+2N

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Description:

  • 8×4+2N
  • 4 try to recover the ball
  • 2 N play inside only with 1 touch
  • 8 offensive players with only 2 touches

Goal:

  • Ball possession
  • Play inside and outside
  • Reception, passing and mobility work 

Dimension:

  • 40x50m


Exercise 4 – Sectoral 4×4+4N

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Description:

  • 1×1+1N per sector
  • N play only with one touch
  • Try to make 3 passes within a sector, and pass through all 4 sectors 

Goal:

  • Minimum of 3 passes in a sector – 1 point
  • Passing and mobility
  • Cover and contention
  • Cover the ball carrier
  • Defensive transition – cover up

Dimension:

  • 35x40m


Exercise 5 – Scoring 2×2+8N

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Description:

  • 2×2 with scoring
  • 8N play outside the box, only with 1 touch and can’t play between them
  • Minimum of 4 passes to attack the goal

Goal:

  • Interior and exterior play – search for the best passing line
  • Passing and mobility
  • Cover and contention
  • Defensive transition – cover up

Dimension:

  • Penalty area


Exercise 6 – Small Game 6×6+4N

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Description:

  • 6×6 with 2 N in each side lane. The N can’t go in the central lane
  • Every player must touch the ball first to score a goal – 1 point
  • For a recovery to be considered, they must do at least 2 passes after gaining the ball back – 1 point
  • N can’t play between them

Goal:

  • Passing and mobility
  • Play safely – offensive cover or lateral supporters
  • Attract and vary

Dimension:

  • Half field

 

Exercise 7 – 8×8 with 4 doors

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Description:

  • 8×8 with 4 doors
  • Must do at least 1 pass in each sector to attack the goal
  • In offensive transition can attack the side doors

Goal:

  • Passing and mobility
  • Play safely – offensive cover or lateral supporters
  • Attract and vary

Dimension:

  • Half field

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Hélder Moita

Hélder Moita

Hélder Moita, a 30 years old coach living in Lisbon, with 8 years of experience and UEFA B licensed coach. Loves the act of creation involved in the training process and tries to expose his feelings and passion in every analysis he does. Hélder Moita, treinador de 31 anos residente em Lisboa, com 8 anos de experiência e licença de treinador UEFA B. Apaixonado pelo acto de criação envolvido no processo de treino e tenta expor os seus sentimentos e paixão em todas as análises que faz. Email: heldermoita23@gmail.com

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