Soccer Box Passing w/ Neutrals Training Drill

Box Passing w/ Neutrals

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • pinnies


  • 4 attackers vs. 4 defenders
  • attacking team must pass the ball to a wall player before it can score on goal with goalie
  • defending team scores by connecting 6 passes


  • vary number and position of wall players
  • both teams can score on goal with goalie
  • wall players can only make one-touch passes
  • goals for attackers only count off headers or volleys
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick finish
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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