Game to get players passing the ball under pressure

I like running this fast game to get players used to looking to pass the ball, either first time or controlling then passing under pressure from an opponent. It's a bit like a boxing ring where the passing player has to be quick and get their pass away before the opponent wins the ball off them.

This game provides a constant attack-defence situation to boost your players' soccer skills. Once the player passes, they become the defender to stop their opponent passing.

You need to set up a 15-yard square with cones, and two teams of three players. Put two players from each team on the four corners with the remaining two players in the boxing ring.

image of passing under pressure game

Start in the bottom left corner, the player passes to his team mate in the centre who must control and pass to the player top left.

As soon as the pass is made, the grey player - top right - plays the ball into his team mate who must pass to the player bottom right. And so on.

Key coaching tips to build player skills

  • Tell your players they can only have one or two touches of the ball to control and pass it.

  • Tell them they can only use the inside or the outside of the foot they are passing with.

  • Move the cones in closer and serve the balls with the hands to practise volleying skills.

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