Passing/Playmaking

Passing & Playmaking training drills are important for any team in both maintaining possession and creating chances. Within football, players who can create chances from unsuspecting positions can often be the most valuable asset to a team. The modern-day attacker needs to have the ability to do both, to be as effective as possible on the pitch.

Passing training drills are one of the most critical parts of training for players. As the game has evolved, players in all positions need to have the ability to be comfortable both on and distributing the ball to build attacks and maintain possession. Players need to have a range of passes at their disposal including the ability to play short, and long passes both quickly and accurately to teammates.

Playmaking training drills are also an important part of any training session. These focus more on player positioning in terms of creating space for themselves to receive the ball, as well as the timing of their passes, to ensure they’re starting attacks at the most effective time.

Take a look at our Passing & Playmaking training drills below for drills you can utilise within your own training sessions!

Football Circuits

Football Circuits

Part 1 The ball works its way around the circuit. Add more passing and receiving points to keep the players active if you have more players. I tend to let the players work the ball from start to finish however they choose. A little challenge I throw in is they cannot...

Quick Play In & Around The Box

Quick Play In & Around The Box

Block off the pitch and just work in the final third. 3 teams and to challenge, they don’t have to be equal. Whites attack, yellows defend and blues are ready for the next phase. The yellows continue to defend until they regain possession and pass to the blues. The...

Reduced Thinking Time

Reduced Thinking Time

Be sure to have a good ball supply. Reduce the size of the grid throughout to challenge the players decision making. Play this for 2 minutes periods. 7 blues aim to retain possession. Limiting players to one or two touch really tests the brain. Give a point for x...

Intense Pressure

Intense Pressure

Part 1 All blues and whites are restricted to their zones. They yellow joker can go wherever they like. Try to limit the touches as in one or two for them. The blues and whites must play off one or three touch. One touch will be a challenge its self. If one touch is...

Next Level Conditions

Next Level Conditions

6 Pass Rule (Possession) Once the team in possession score, they must complete 6 successful passes for the goal to stand. 6 Pass Rule (Pressing) Once the team in possession score, they must press and prevent the opposition completing 6 successful passes. 4 pass Rule:...

No Goals

No Goals

Session 1 Structure: -Set up the area suiting the needs of the group. Pattern -Blues and whites fight in the middle for possession. -To score a goal the team in possession must get one of their players to drive in to the end zone and attack the defender. They must...

Screening Forward Passes

Screening Forward Passes

Practice 1. Structure: -Set up as above. You can use football cones as markers like the diagram. -Vary the distances. Rules -The reds try to pass the ball to each other. -They can do this by either passing directly to each other or use the whites. -The yellows in the...

Passing and Receiving Drills

Passing and Receiving Drills

It's not often we look at drills rather than more open practices, but here is wheat Louis had to say on the six passing and receiving drills below. "In both passing and receiving drills, whoever releases the ball follows their pass. I fully understand players may find...

Oldies But Goodies

Oldies But Goodies

Drill 1. Structure: -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. Rules: -3 teams and can work with many different numbers. -Whites at one end and blues at the other. -Yellows in the middle. -The whites and blues have to make 6...

Direct Play From Midfield Players

Direct Play From Midfield Players

This training session is focused on direct play from midfielders. Louis has also given us two examples of direct play from two midfield giants. Example 1-  Iniesta: Louis' Training Session Drill 1. Structure: -Set up the area as above. Vary the size depending on age,...

3rd Man Running

3rd Man Running

Drill 1 Structure: -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. Rules: -The game starts with 2v2 in the middle. -The rest of the players are on the outside. -If the players in the middle combines with the outside players using a...

Pressing Progressions

Pressing Progressions

Santa has been kind this year! It's Christmas tomorrow and at Discount Football Kits we are bringing you one last training session before we compile every training drill of 2013 into a single document. For this training session on pressing progressions you will need...

Midfield Movement

Midfield Movement

Drill 1. Structure: -Set up the area as above keeping varying the distances depending on ability. Process: -The whites pass the ball between them and then lend it into the team in possession. -The team in possession try and work the ball end to end. Challenges: -Try...

Decision Making Games

Decision Making Games

Swedish Hand Ball Structure: -Set up the area as above. Rules: -2 teams trying to keep possession. -Possession is in hands, but before a player catches the ball they must control it first (chest-catch, thigh-catch etc). -The opposition only have to catch to steel...

Receiving And Releasing The Ball On The Move

Receiving And Releasing The Ball On The Move

Structure: -A rectangle roughly  30 by 40 -A square of football cones in each corner 7 by 7 -3,4 or 5 teams made up of 3 or 4 players.  Rules: -Each team has their own ball. -They must pass and move towards one end. -They must get the ball into one of the squares. If...

Awareness ‘Knowledge or perception of a situation’

Awareness ‘Knowledge or perception of a situation’

1. Rules: -Whites and reds play across the pitch (mark with football bibs). -Black and yellow play up and down the pitch. -Play for 5 mins and then change opposition. Conditions: Game 1 – Normal Game 2 – Silence, free kick if sound is made (no clapping) Game 3 – Hit...

Part 1: Receiving The Ball On The Move

Part 1: Receiving The Ball On The Move

1. Structure: Make a circle as big or small as you want depending on the range of passing you are looking for. Use football bibs to identify  the 3 teams. Rules: -Players work only in their colours. -The outside players pass the ball to the team mate inside the...

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