Football Passing Drills For Coaches To Implement

The purpose of the football passing drills below are to help develop a player’s passing ability.

These drills are suitable for young players, no matter what their age is, to help them improve their football skills. Some of the following passing drills focus on developing awareness of surrounding players, while others work on passing accuracy.

For young players just learning how to play football, instead of focusing on long lofted passes through the air, they should instead work on keeping the ball on the ground while using the inner part of their foot.


Call To Receive

In this drill, the players jog around an area that is coned off. Half of the players have the ball. The players that have the ball pass to a player that doesn’t have the ball. They next look to receive a pass from another player.

Avoiding Obstacles

Three spaces are created with 4 cones over an approximately 20m distance. Player pass the ball using limited touches to one another within the coned area.

Circle Drill

A player standing in the centre of a circle asks for the ball from any of the other players. The player controls the ball and then passes it back to the same player and then calls to get the ball from a different player. Every minute the middle player is changed.

Either Side Of Cones

The ball is passed between players on both sides of two cones in either a clockwise or anti clockwise direction. This is a great football drill for the first touch to be used to create space and change the ball’s direction.

Simple 5m Pass

The ball is passed between players over a short distance. It is ideal for easy warm ups or for beginners.

Long And Short Pass

Four players form a rectangle. The ball gets passed in a zig zag pattern, first to the short end and then a longer diagonal pass across.

In Number Order

Players are provided with a number. The ball is passed in number order to one another.

Forwards And Backwards

One player remains still and the other one runs forwards and backward between two cones. Each time the player is at the cone that is closest to the first player he receives a pass.

Come To Meet The Ball

The player in the middle receives passes from each side alternately.

Pass And Shoot

A player passes the ball and then gets it back to shoot it.

1 In 1 Out

Players arrangement themselves in a square at the four corners. Two middle players receive passes, then turn 180 degrees, and follow their pass at the end of the queue.

Bringing Loss Pass Down

The player starting with the ball sends a lofted pass over to the player furthest away. The receiving player controls, chests and volleys, volleys or heads the ball. He then passes the ball to the player inside the coned box. That player then controls the ball and then turns and passes it back to the beginning player. After 10 sets rotate players.

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Award In Leadership Through Rugby Union

The 1st4sport Level-2 Award in Leadership Through The Rugby Union was developed in partnership with the RFU or Rugby Football Union and is an exhilarating qualification that enables young people to engage with Tag Rubgy and grass-roots rugby union and to develop their leadership skills.

Once a learner completes this qualification, he or she will have developed a range of skills in teamwork, independent enquiry, creative thinking, effective participation and self-management.

Through this program, learners are introduced into several leadership roles, and which include;

  • Effectively Refereeing Tag Rug games
  • Leading a Tag Rugby activity session
  • Managing local small-sided Tag Rugby teams
  • Contributing in the organisation and delivery of a local young people Tag Rugby event/festival

Holders of the 1st4sport Level 2 Award are provided guidance on further opportunities as sports leaders, including how to contribute their newly-earned skills to grass-roots sports as coaches, referees, administrators, sport development volunteers and team managers.

Who Does This Qualification Aim At?

This qualification is aimed at any young person between 14 and 19 years of age and is interested in developing his or her leadership skills and would like to have a career in the sport or to get introduced to volunteering.

This qualification is ideal for young people interested in becoming:

  • A Sport Administrator
  • A Referee
  • A Coach
  • A Sport Development Volunteer
  • A Junior Team Manager

Why Implement This Qualification?

It Is Developed In Conjunction With Experts Of The Game

This qualification was developed in partnership with the Rugby Football Union; as such, you can trust in the fact that this is one qualification that represents the best in RFU leadership as it is developed in line with a couple of rugby developmental initiatives that operate at county and local levels.

It Is More Than Just Getting A Diploma

This leadership award is available to all young person aged between 14 and 19 years of age irrespective of whether they are part of a Diploma consortium or not. Its main focus is on developing the learnersí leadership skills and personal development through rugby, making it a rather exciting qualification for young people interested in developing their skills and contributing in the sport.

Progression Routes

This qualification is a great introduction for those interested in progressing within the employed or voluntary world of sport and sport development. It offers learners a great platform where they can break into the world of coaching, sports development and administration, and refereeing.

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The Enjoyment of Playing Easy Cricket

The concept of Easy Cricket is to find ways to get people involved in playing informal cricket games in engaging and fun ways. It is a very inclusive game that people of all genders and abilities can join in on. Also, very little equipment is needed.

Playing cricket promotes a more active and healthier lifestyle, in addition to giving everyone who is involved the opportunity to be part of a close-knit team and have the chance to compete against and play with both old and new friends and colleagues.

Using easy formats of cricket can help to encourage and support you in your efforts to take the wonderful game of cricket to new places and new adults who might not have yet discovered the many joys of ‘clean bowling’ someone, diving for a catch or hitting ‘a six.’

It could be after work or on a lunch break. It might be for parents watching their kids train or play at cricket club, or at a park on the weekend with friends, or in between university lectures.

Cricket needs to;

  • Be easy to set up, understand and play
  • Be fun
  • Be inclusive for players of all abilities
  • Be adaptive to a group’s specific needs (with the rules needing to adapt according to the available time, space and group)
  • Be easily played by various number of players
  • Have the flexibility to be played for desired length of time
  • Be played anywhere

What We Are Attempting To Achieve

By introducing easy versions of cricket, we are attempting to get more people exposed to the game with the intent of providing them with a pathway to other kinds of playing opportunities if desired. Those opportunities might include joining local clubs or entering teams into a winter indoor league or Last Man Stands league.

How is the game delivered?

will deliver Easy Cricket. They may be able to receive further support such as a kit bag and training to help them get the Easy Cricket sessions initiated.

A cricket activator is the individual who galvanises, encourages and gets people to play. The cricket activator will ideally be a cricket enthusiast, a person who is committed to the game already. If they are associated with a club, it can offer people an instant pathway.

However anyone should get involved who is willing to try to get people enthused about playing cricket.

We will be recruiting activators in colleges, universities and workplaces; we will be providing simple playing kits in exchange for a commitment to getting more people playing on a regular basis, and there will be a basic M&E process instituted.

Activators will receive further support in the form of downloadable tools (such as posters and fliers), How To guide, and plenty of exciting and fun ideas on things to do in their sessions.

Activators also have a pathway into a coaching framework.

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Using Jumpers As Goalposts

Jumpers for GoalpostsDo you remember playing football as a child in the garden? And when you didn’t have any other children to play with you would try to get your mum to play goalie for you?

You would have needed to have goalposts, so what did you use? Did you employ the old school method of using traditional jumpers as your goalposts? Dangerous and daft with a garden fork and cricket stump? Or did you borrow a few of your Dad’s best terracotta pots at your own risk?

With the wide selection of garden goals that are available now for every garden and every budget, you don’t have any excuses any more.

We think that you should take garden football seriously enough so that you have decent goalposts. It is the place, after all, where most of us here in the UK get started playing football.

After we have become old enough to be able to control the ball properly, the next thing we want to start focusing on is to having something to aim for and shoot for. That is where the garden football goal came into play – playing around the flower beds provides us with immediate access to playing the enjoyable game of football. The garden always is right there whenever the park happens to be too far away or there is no one else around to play with.

We can step out into the garden, while ignoring the pleas to “mind the greenhouse!” We imagine ourselves walking out onto Wembley. That may be a cliche, however it is true. When we are kids that is definitely how it works.

When it comes to garden football, the other very important thing about having goals that we can focus on, is it provides us with the opportunity for developing our skills. You can get as many touches as you’d like when you are out in the garden. Having unopposed touches are crucial and not worthless. Every touch you have can build your skill, deftness and muscle memory.

Like any other sport skills, being able to shoot depends on practice. It takes many hours of practice to develop this skill. If you are able to practice all on your own without needing a sister, brother or your mum at goal, that is even better.

Your next step is to join a multiple-age ‘kick around’ game on the school playground or at the park. However, whatever kids learn in these matches, they usually bring back with them to the garden, where they can continue practicing the shots that the missed as many times as they want to.

They could even be aspiring goalkeepers. If that is the case it is critical to have a goal since positioning will become second nature to them.

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How To Obtain Your FA Coaching Badge

Whether you are a parent, a player or someone who is involved in football coaching already on an informal basis, taking a course so that you can obtain your FA coaching badge is among the best steps you can possibly take to help make a contribution to the club that your child belongs to.

The grassroots game has a big need for coaches who have been formally qualified. The FA in recent years has invested a significant amount of expertise, money and time in order to extend and improve the quality of coaching training that is available at every level of the game. There are literally hundreds of local courses that are reasonably priced all across the UK, so there hasn’t ever been a better time for getting into coaching than right now.

FA Licensed CoachesThere are currently an incredible 47 FA coaching qualifications that are available that are part of FA Coaching Pathway. They include the core qualifications, beginning at Level 1, along with youth qualifications as well as specialist options, including the junior football organisers’ course and futsal coaching.

Out all of the vast array of choices that are available, the most popular course by far is Level 1, or 1st4 sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football. Just about every coach gets started with this course. It is open entry, which means you do not have to have any prior experience in order to take the course. So it’s a great starting point for anybody wanting to get into coaching.

Level 2, or the 1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, is the second most popular course. It is open entry as well, however it is expected and also advised that you take Level 1, unless you happen to have a great deal of previous playing or coaching experience.

Over the past 10 years a slow, yet significant, change has taken place in the coaching style that the FA has promoted, especially towards younger players. There is also a great emphasis on understanding now, as well as accepting and making use of the psychology of football in order to help players develop.

In the past there was a large bias on the game’s physical side. However, it is balanced now with other factors as well as integrated into the FA 4 Corner player development model. It covers the physical, social, psychological and technical issues that need to be considered as the young players develop and mature.

The basic idea behind this is that each player develops at his own place in various aspect as he is progressing through football. A one size fits all type of coaching philosophy will not be as productive as when every player’s individual and changing needs are considered.

If you have concerns that it may take too much away from the pitch, don’t worry. The opposite is in fact true. The 4 Corner Models works to help players reach their individual needs by getting them involved more directly in the coaching sessions. They are encouraged to adapt, challenge and explore new skills and techniques in an interactive way. That builds confidence in the younger players and helps them stay engaged, while the older ones are able to get whatever they need from these coaching sessions as they are developing.

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Why The 11 v 11 Is Being Replaced By The 9 v 9 Game In Junior Football

9v9 Junior FootballWhen the 7th and 8th field players are added, the lines can be varied for attack, midfield or defence.

More flexibility has been added into the system now. The players are now able to “interchange” with one another and also share responsibilities throughout the different thirds of the field. The coach can and should devise a formation that suits the capabilities of his players the best.

The easiest and most common system for transferring from 6 field players is probably the 3-3-2. The third midfield player is added, while the three defenders development is continued.

It is possible for the central midfield player to take on the added responsibility of moving into the defensive line when the need is recognized. Tracking the forward runs of the opponent is the additional midfield player’s role that will become very apparent.

When the defenders regain possession, which will be the case quite often, they should play out starting from the back. Just two attackers will probably be facing them, so they should learn to combine with their midfield players in order to advance forward through good shape and with good possession.

The addition of another forward player provides an opportunity to teach the two central striker roles. There will be numerous opportunities for creating space for midfield player forward runs, playing back to the goal (or posting up) and combining with one another. The timing of releasing passes to supporting midfield players will become apparent as well.

Another possible option would be adding one of the two extra players to be a defender to play 4-3-1. That encourages the “passing on” or “zonal” methodology among the back four. For example, sliding across the field in order to cover certain areas in order to prevent penetration by either a pass or by runs. It also allows for forward runs from the outside backs in order to offer both width as well as number up opportunities at midfield.

The same is true for the central defender, who should also recognize when to step into midfield in order to create the number up opportunities. This in turn enables one or two midfield players to push forward in order to support the one striker.

At that stage in a player’s and team’s development, a game plan can be introduced. Simple and easy to understand methods like:

  • Affecting the shooting attitude
  • Effective execution of restarts and set pieces
  • First look needs to be forward, then sideways and then backwards- Low or high pressure defending
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