Timing the Pass Drill

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Field size: 30 yards by 20 yards

Number of players: full team

Age range: 10-12

Description: Half of the players have balls at their feet and are dribbling around in the playing area.  Players then make eye contact with a player to do a wall pass, dribble exchanges, overlap or double pass – where you play the ball, get it back, and then return the pass again. 

This double give and go is all Barcelona – time and time again they play a give and go and return the pass to the ‘wall’ player. 

Switch the players who have the ball after each player runs through one of each type of pass mentioned above.  This is a good warm up drill and a way for players run through a wide range of passes.  Not only should players make eye contact with the players they want to pass with, but get players to call out the player’s name, and by the nature of their run, they let the passer know what type of return pass they want. 

To keep it simple, start out just doing wall passes and then move on to each type of pass/exchange and then mix them together and let the ball holder decide what type of pass they want to make. In the beginning, the coach should call out the type of pass they want the players to do.

Extra: Check out Kaka’s killer pass.

Equipment needed: Cones and practice vests.

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