Soccer Forward Passes # 8 Training Drill

Forward Passes # 8

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 20-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Finishing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • middle zone 5 yards deep
  • 2 reg. goals with goalkeepers
  • pinnies


  • teams play 3v2 in outer zones
  • players must stay in their designated zone
  • teams must attempt to pass the ball to their target player in the neutral zone who then relays it to an attacking player
  • target players cannot challenge each other
  • switch roles every 4-5 minutes


  • target player are allowed to challenge each other once the ball is under control
  • limit number of touches for attackers and/or defenders
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • spread out attack
  • quick finish
  • first touch takes ball away from pressure
  • support position lateral to ball

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