Category Football

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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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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