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Developmental Academy Coaching Sessions

Week 8 - Long Passing
by Darren Beesley, (USSF A / UEFA A)

Warm Up - 10mins

2/4 Goal Game -  One player volunteer or the coach starts without a ball as a defender. All other players with a ball dribble and keeping it close to their feet and and away from the 2/4 central goals. Set up two circles around the goals with cones. Defender has to win/steal the ball and score from any distance in the 2/4 central goals.  Score from behind the Red cones/circle -1pt. Blue cones/circle - 2pt. Last player remaining wins.

Coaching Point - Encourage each player once they win the ball to lift their head up. Inside of the foot passes on the surface, The ball must remain on the ground so encourage the players to keep their knee pointing down over the top of  the ball. 

Make it fun - This can be turned into a team game not Individuals.

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Passing - Triangles - 10mins

Players are in pairs with one ball between two. One player has the ball and dribbles. The players look to pass through each triangle whilst moving the ball around the area. Advance this to longer passes along with a give and go through the triangle.

Coaching Point - Players must be on their toes ready to receive the ball. Good first touch to control the ball. Inside of the foot, passes that remain below knee height by stepping in to the pass and keeping your knee over the ball. Encourage longer passes.

Make it Fun - Competition, point for each completed pass through the triangle, who can score the most points.

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Passing - Numbers - 10mins

Assign each player a number 1-4 or 1-5 depending on how many players you have. You could go 1-8 with two balls or smaller groups. Players pass the ball in order of their numbers 1-4/1-8.

Coaching Point - Head Up,Communication. Control. Long Passing, Knee over the ball


Make it Fun - Reverse the numbers 4 back down to 1. Competition who can do it the quickest, most passes completed.

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Long Passing. - 10mins

Two Teams. Each Player has a ball. Set up the correct amount of tall cones required or alternatively balance soccer balls on top of regular cones. Place a halfway line or a line of cones to separate the two teams. Players attempt to knock over there opposing teams cones/balanced balls from within there own teams half.

Coaching Point - Encourage each player to take a first touch to control the ball then use the correct part of there foot, Inside of the foot to pass the ball against the target. The ball must remain on the ground so encourage the players to keep there knee pointing down, over the top of  the ball. Nicely weighted pass.

Make it Fun - Vary the distances of the targets, bring some closer, place others slightly further away.

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1v1s (No Goals) - 5mins

1v1s without goals. Players go against each other 1v1 but to score a point they have to lift up there head up and return the ball to the coach with a pass. Coach should move around the playing area ensuring that the player in possession has to lift there head up and scan the field. You can also use a neutral player to replace the coach which will develop creating space and making angles to receive.

Coaching Point - Players need to lift up there head. Inside of the foot. 


Make it fun - Players can sprint around the cone, first player around the cone receives the ball

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Advancement - 2v1/2v2s/3v2s - 10mins

Advance the exercise to 2v1/2v2/3v3. Encourage the players to demonstrate whats been emphasized in the previous stages of the exercise. Encourage spacing when in possession when increasing numbers, triangles, 4v4 emphasize a diamond shape.

 Coaching Points - Spacing, making angles and being in a position to receive the ball. Decision making, not trying to play through defenders but using team mates to play around the defenders and back to the coach/neutral.

Make it fun - Count the passes prior to returning the ball back to the coach/neutral player. This exercise can then become a very early possession exercise by counting passes whilst still making it fun.

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4v4 Game 20mins

4v4 Game. Try to play 4v4 whenever possible to reinforce the Shape of a Diamond whilst playing 4v4. If need be rotate players in and out to allow them to get used to game days on a Saturday.

Coaching Point - Diamond Shape, Spacing. Encourage all aspects of the Session/Long Passing.

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