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Simple game for a lot of passing


I find this small-sided game is a great way to get your players passing with purpose when they are under pressure. Clever or disguised passing make all the difference in this game as teams try to stop the opposition scoring points.

Give your players permission to do what they want to create space and make good passes. Tell them they must be constantly on the move to pass and receive the ball.

How to play it

  • Set up a 4v4 game with two target players at either end.

  • Use the 18-yard area or half of a seven-a-side pitch and cone off the two ends.

  • Tell your players each team must get the ball and score “goals” by successfully passing to either of the target players.

How to coach it

  • Tell your players they need to be quick and sharp. They must win the ball by intercepting it or by tackling for it.

  • Instruct them to practise moving to and from the ball to create space.

  • Once the ball has reached the target player, the team can keep possession by moving so the target player can pass it back to them.

  • Tell your players to switch the ball to the opposite target player as quickly as possible.

How to change it

Tell teams they past the ball from one target player to the other without the other team touching the ball. If the other team gets a touch, it goes back to the target player and the other team receives the ball from the target man.


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