Soccer Gate Passing Training Drill

Gate Passing

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 7+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Passing

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone gates (2-4yds)
  • pinnies for defenders to carry


  • players attempt to pass through gates to their partner
  • two defenders (red) try to intercept passes
  • if ball is won by a defender he gives it right back
  • players can’t score on same gate twice in a row
  • pair to make 15 passes first wins


  • add defender(s)
  • players must make 2 (3) passes through a gate to score before moving on to another gate
  • pair to make most passes within 90 sec. wins
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • vision
  • constant movement

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