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Passing & Receiving 2

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. Use the three variations of the activity below. 

The goal of all of three of the activities listed below id for players to get lots of practice passing and receiving the ball. Players must avoid the other players in the activity and make passes without hitting other players or their balls.



Put your players into partners and have half start on line A and half on line B. The pair must make passes between them and get the ball from one side of the grid to the other without hitting the other players who will be going in the opposite direction.

Players in their pairs must complete passes within the playing grid. To complete the activity one of the partners must get into one of the corner zones and receive a pass from their partner. Visit all four corner zones and receive a pass to complete the challenge without hitting any other player, their balls and keeping the ball inside the grid.

This activity can be played in pairs or as two teams of four. One set of players is inside the grid the other set of players on the outside. Each player must make a pass to each of the players on the outside of the grid and receive a pass back without hitting any other player or their balls.

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