I’ve written some soccer articles on this subject and I think soccer passing drills form a part of all soccer training sessions, right from the beginning level to advanced player levels. To excel in soccer, developing passing skills is a must, and this is practiced through the inclusion of interesting drills that have your young players enjoying themselves while improving their passing.
Here are some passing soccer drills and soccer moves that will make your training sessions fun:
- This drill is very useful to get your team to know each other’s names during practice. Have a group of players arranged in a circle. Let them pass the ball from one player to the other announcing the name of the player to whom they pass the ball. Depending on how many players you have, you may want to use more than one ball. It is easy and it is effective.
- Another wonderful group activity is to make a line on the field. You and your players stand in a line at one end. Now kick the ball, and instruct your players to make it to the other end of the line, but making sure the ball you kick does not hit them.
Players who get hit can be grouped to a side, so that they can cheer the ones who are yet to be hit. The drill finishes when all the players are hit. Young players really love this activity. You can add variations by timing the session, encouraging speed, etc.
- Here’s another drill that has interesting variations. A selected player begins with a ball. If it is a big group, start with two players inside a sizeable grid. All the others are outside the grid. The first player inside the grid must dribble the ball and attempt to hit the players outside the grid below the waist.
The player who gets hit will join the player inside the grid and both will dribble and try to get more players into the grid. Whoever gets hit last will begin the next session of the drill.
While coaching soccer drills, you must instruct your players to use different movements, use the element of surprise with quick changes. The ones outside the grid must be always on the move, running, sprinting, and jumping etc. to avoid the ball hitting them.
You can vary these soccer passing drills with number of players, time allotted for each session of the drill and specifying what movements to use. Since it keeps all the players active, it is a great way to teach them.