Build Up and Combination Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on combination play between a forward and midfielder and staying onside.

Start with 2 cones 30 yards from goal. A forward starts in front of the cones. Another player is 15 yards further back with a ball. There are players ready to take these two players spots and a keeper in goal.


The forward starts by checking away and then back to the ball.


The player with the ball plays the ball to the forward and then follows the pass.


The forward lays the ball back, on a slight angle.


The forward spins away from his pass and the midfielder passes through the cones to the forward for a first or second time shot.


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The key to this is with the layoff and the spin, the defender marking the forward will be giving up the space he was located (between the cones) so by passing into that space, it will get through. Also, the forward MUST stay in an onside position, which in this case is represented by the two cones, until the pass is made.

As soon as this is done, two players take their place and the next players begin

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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