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Simple Soccer Passing Drill (2 Lines)

Equipment you need:

  • 1 soccer ball
  • 2 cones or markers
  • Approx 20 yards of space

Passing drill set-up:

  • Split the players into 2 evenly sized groups
  • Create 2 lines of players, facing each other
  • Approx 10-15 yards apart
  • Place the soccer ball at the feet of player 1 at the front

Simple soccer passing drill set-up

Passing drill execution:

  • The first player (1a) passes the ball across the ground to the player at the front of the opposite line
  • This player (1a) then runs to the back of the opposite line
  • Effectively following their pass
  • The player at the front of the opposite line (2a), who receives the ball, then passes the ball back to the new player at the front of the first line (1b)
  • Player 2a then does the same run, to the back of the opposite line

Soccer simple passing drill execution

Coaching tips:

  • Players can take a touch or two to control the ball before passing
  • The aim is for a slick, accurate, pass, not to make the drill progress fast
  • Remind players to use the inside of their foot
  • Tell players to kick through the ball

Progressions:

  • Ask players to use their weaker foot
  • Increase the distance between the 2 lines
  • Ask the players to chip the ball off the floor, so receiving players will need to take a touch to get it under control

Variations:

  • Define the type of first touch you would like players to take when receiving the ball (for example, use the outside of their foot, use the sole of their foot, or shift the ball onto their other foot)
  • After passing the ball, players run backwards (backpedal) to the back of their line

Soccer simple passing drill variation 1

  • After passing the ball, players run to the opposite line, and weave in and out of the players in that line to get to the back
  • After passing the ball, players backpedal and weave in and out of the players in their on line behind them
  • Other variations could include throwing a ball to the player when they are halfway through their run, so they need to header/volley it back to you

Soccer simple passing drill variation 2