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Passing & Receiving 1

Set Up

Adjust the size of your playing grid based on number of players and also age and physical ability. Don't make your playing grid too large as you want players to make shorter passes and focus on their technique.


This is a very simple activity designed to get players lots of repetitions of passing and receiving. Start out with players in partners passing and receiving anywhere in the playing grid. Players get a point for every pass they make inside the grid without hitting any other players or any other balls.

See how many points you can score in a set period of time. Players lose all points if they hit another player, ball or they pass the ball out of the grid.



Add Movement

The first variation is designed to get both players moving and receiving the ball. The player that passes the ball must follow their pass and take their partners spot. The partner who receives the ball must dribble away to a new space then make a pass to their partner once they reach the space they vacated.

Add Opposition

The last variation is to slowly start adding some opposition and pressure for the partners. Start with one set of partners as the defenders, they must try and block or intercept passes from the other players. They have 60 seconds to block and intercept as many passes as they can then switch the defenders. *You may want to start the defenders out at walking speed to help the passing pairs. As you progress you can add more defenders or allow them to jog and then go full speed.

Coaching Points

Coaching Points

  • Try and strike the ball in the middle of the ball (the equator) not the top as it wont roll and not the bottom as we don’t want the ball to go in the air.
  •  Point your toe up a little and lock your ankle in place before passing the ball.

Coaching Points

  • Point your chest at your partner to aim at them and then pass the ball.
  •  Try and use the inside of your foot under your ankle bone to pass with as its the biggest flatest part of your foot.

Coaching Points

  • Make eye contact with your partner before you pass to them make sure they are ready to receive the ball.
  • Try to pass the ball before it stops moving and keep the ball in-front of you. Try not to stop and take steps backwards and then pass, instead roll the ball in-front of you and step into it