Passing and Receiving

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving and taking players on.

Start with 3 groups in a confined space. In this example, we have 3 groups of 4’s in a 40 x 40 area. One of the groups starts with a ball.


The yellow group starts with a ball and they are looking to pass to the blue group.


The blue group then passes to the black group


The black group then passes to the yellow group


This continues for a 2 minute period with all players jogging throughout the grid at all times.

Next, do the same thing but this time, after each pass, the passer must make a 5 yard sprint and then can resume jogging.

Next add a move by the receiving player. This means that when a player receives a pass, they must make some type of a feint, fake or move. This might be a cut catch, a roll catch, a cruyff, a scissors or any move they choose.

Next, when the passer makes his 5 yard sprint, it’s right at the receiving player and the receiver dribbles at the passer and does the move as if the passer is now a defender.

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The “defender” is not trying to win the ball, just put a little pressure on the dribbler.

Each of these activities goes on for 2 minutes and the pattern of group 1 passing to group 2 and group 2 passing to group 3 and group 3 passing to group 1 is always used.

In a short period of time each player gets a lot of touches and a lot of movement so this is an excellent warm up activity for teams.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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