Soccer Making Runs Training Drill

Making Runs

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (35yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (2–5yds)


  • teams score by making a pass through a goal and a teammate making a run to receive the ball as shown
  • player must run around goal to receive the ball
  • scoring team restarts play from goal that was just scored on
  • team cannot score on same goal twice in a row


  • player is allowed to run through goal to receive pass
  • limited number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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