Soccer Passing Drills

Soccer passing drills are used to improve the players passing skills, and ball control. 

Pass occurs by kicking the soccer ball to another teammate, so whenever the ball is moved between teammates, a soccer pass is made.

Passing the soccer ball is perhaps the most basic skill in the game of soccer.

Practice, and playing with the soccer ball early in life, will develop the skills for passing the soccer ball with accuracy and pace.

Passing the ball is faster than any player on the field. When you pass the ball, you are building speed, and rhythm on the field for the whole team.

Soccer is a team sport, and every player has a role, or a position to play in. Passing soccer skills will benefit every position on the field.

Passing skills will vary by age, and players overall soccer skills.

Some players will have better passing skills than others, but every player willing to learn and train more, will develop skills necessary to pass, shoot and dribble the soccer ball.

Consistency in practice, and outside of practice, is the key to developing better skills with the ball.

Watching Barcelona matches is a great way to see how passing the ball, and keeping possession is properly applied in the game. 

Young players will learn from visually seeing the technique from top soccer players passing the ball often in the game.

Barcelona players make consecutive one or two touch passes, moving the ball from defense, to midfield, forward, and passing the ball back through midfield, keeping possession of the ball.

Barcelona is patient, attacking with possession, through passing the ball to every player, back and forth, frustrating their chasing opponent into making a mistake, and creating an opening for an attack on goal.

I can write on and on about the importance of passing the soccer ball, but reading this article will not make anyone a good passer. Training consistently through various soccer passing drills, will pave the way to great soccer passing skills.

Keep practicing, in and out of regular team training, and soccer skills will follow.

simple SOCCER PASSING DRILLS

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This is the most basic soccer passing drill that players can use individually, or coaches can adapt in training.

SOCCER PASSING DRILLS - SET UP
  • Cones are not really necessary in this drill, as players can stand 5 - 20 m/yd away from each other to prepare for this soccer passing drill.
  • 2 Players will face each other 5 - 20 m/yd away (depending on age and skill level).

SOCCER PASSING DRILLS - INSTRUCTIONS AND TRAINING TIPS

  • Players will pass the soccer ball back and forth using one, or two touch passing.
  • Passes should be firm, on the ground, with pace and accuracy to reach the player on the opposite side.
  • TOES, TOES, TIPPY TOES. Stay on your toes, develop quicker reaction and movements.  
  • It is important for players to jog forward and meet the soccer ball, make a pass, and backpedal backwards. 

VARIATION

  • Add more space in between players, and pass the ball in mid air. Players should attempt to trap the ball with the first touch, and pass it back with the second touch.
  • Right Foot, Left Foot, 1 Touch Pass, Receive and Pass, Inside Passing, Outside Passing, Mid Air Passing

soccer passing drills with movement

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SOCCER PASSING DRILLS -  SET UP & INSTRUCTIONS
  • 2 Players, 1 Soccer Ball
  • Place 2 cones 10 - 20 m/yd apart, with each player standing at the cone.
  • Player with the ball starts 3 - 4 passes back and forth, after which the players will switch positions.
  • Player who started passing the ball runs across, and around the cone without the ball. Player who started without the ball, will dribble the ball across, and around the cone, becoming the passer.
  • Players need to find a rhythm in making passes, and switching places.

Modify this soccer passing drill by adding more distance, or movement with the ball. Players can move around the field passing the ball back and forth, and changing positions with overlap runs behind the back.

Encourage players to use both feet, left and right.

Passes on the ball should be done using the correct technique to make the passes firm and precise.

keep the ball away soccer passing drills

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Players move around the grid at different pace, passing the soccer ball, and trying to keep it away from the defenders, or chasers.

This soccer game can be done with friends as well. It will develop the players first touch on the ball, quick thinking, passing, dribbling, getting out of tight spaces, and other game related skills.

No cones, coaches or any equipment. Just a soccer ball and a minimum of 3 players needed for game of keepaway.

Coaches should encourage Keep Away outside of practice.

SET UP

  • Place 4 cones to make a square 5 - 20 m/yd all around (depending on player age and skill).
  • Split up players into groups of 3 - 5 players.
  • Every group should have 1 or 2 more passers. For 5 players, choose 4 passers and 1 chaser, or harder option, with 3 passers and 2 chasers.
  • Each group will take one soccer ball.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start this drill by letting the first pass go.
  • Once the second player touches the ball, 1 or 2 players inside the square will  attempt to cut off the pass by chasing and trying to intercept a pass.
  • If the pass is intercepted, or kicked out of bounds, the player who last touched the ball will switch roles with one of the chasing players.
  • Keep Away can be started with unlimited touches.
  • Limit touches when the players are comfortable with the ball at their feet.
  • If the ball leaves the square, player who kicked the ball out will take the role of a chasing player.

VARIATIONS:

  • ADD PUNISHMENT

15 consecutive passes earns the chasers of the ball some pushups, situps or one extra turn in the role of chaser/defender.

  • Passes through the legs of the chasers/defenders can add an extra turn chasing.
  • Split passes in between 2 chasers can be punishable by an extra turn for both players. 
  • Use hands to play this game. Develop space coordination using simple passes with hands and keeping the soccer ball in the air, and inside the square. Same rules apply with players passing the ball, and defenders chasing to block a pass. If a pass is thrown outside of the square, the player that threw it will change roles with the chasing player. Hands are used to block the pass. 

SOCCER PASSING DRILLS

WARM UP SOCCER DRILLS


soccer shooting/attacking drills

  • Soccer Shooting Drills will help players develop their kicks on the soccer ball. There are different kinds of shooting techniques in soccer. Knowing the right way to kick the ball is crucial to firm and precise shooting.
  • Soccer Shooting Tips to learn the proper shooting technique and positive habits for shooting the soccer ball.
  • Fun Soccer Drills using games with attacking drills through crossing, or shooting.

soccer passing drills

  • Soccer Passing Drills are focused on repetitive passing of the ball, while the player uses the right technique in locking his/her ankle, and making firm contact on the ball.
  • Soccer Passing Tips and Technique for passing the soccer ball with pace and accuracy.
  • Four Squares passing soccer drill.
  • Possession Game for improving passing soccer skills.
  • Back Pedal for lots of passes and movement.
  • Small Sided Games to apply in training and help with young soccer players development passing, quick thinking, dribbling, creativity and decision making.
  • Soccer Practice Drills to help players learn how to move the soccer ball wide, and attack from crosses, and wide areas of the field.
  • Soccer Passing and Receiving Drills to help players get more comfortable on the soccer ball. Players will learn to receive the ball, and move after the pass is complete. 

soccer ball control drills

  • Ball Control Soccer Drills to help players get more familiar with the surface of the ball.
  • Soccer Training Drills to improve players ball control skills. Getting familiar with the soccer ball takes time, consistency and effort.
  • U10 Soccer Training Drills to improve ball handling skills, agility, coordination, and speed.
  • Soccer Drills for Beginner soccer players U8 and U6. These soccer drills can also be adapted to older kids by changing the pace, and adding few skills.
  • Small Sided Games to teach youth soccer players how to play soccer through the game being the Coach. Players will fall in love with the game from simply playing soccer.
  • This Soccer Drill is many kids favorite soccer training drill in practice. The game is the Coach, while players enjoy competitive side of soccer in smaller spaces.
  • First Touch Soccer Drills to help young players work on their passing, receiving, and moving. Smart players, with great ball control, will use their first touch to get out of tight situations, and surrounding defenders.

SOCCER FITNESS, SPEED AND AGILITY

  • Agility Ladder Drills, also called Speed Ladder Drills, are very important for soccer players to develop agility, and speed.
  • Soccer Agility Drills are used to improve players balance, footwork, and coordination. Change of direction is frequent throughout the game, so being agile, and able to quickly change direction is really important.
  • Soccer Conditioning Drills will build up the players endurance for the WHOLE game. Players usually frown on these soccer drills, as they push them to exhaustion point; but prepare them for the game. Fit player is twice as valuable for any team in a match.
  • Speed Training Drills will push players to build up their explosive speed, tight cornering, and the ability to speed up, and slow down their pace. These drills will build up the players endurance, and shorten the recovery after sprints.