Penetrating Passes

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on possession, penetrating passes and defending.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with a 10 x 10 area in the middle. This is a 5 v 5 possession game with 2 neutral players.


In this example, the black team is going to start on offense, the yellow team is defending and the white players are neutrals and are always on the offense team.

Too often possession games involve passing the ball around an area (circle, square etc) without enough of an emphasis on looking to penetrate with a pass. In this activity teams get rewarded for passing amongst themselves (and the neutrals) but they get rewarded better for trying to penetrate.

A pass from the outside to the outside results in 1 point.


A pass from the outside to the inside, or from the inside to the outside, results in 2 points

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A pass that goes from the outside to another player on the outside but goes through the inside results in 3 points


If the defending team wins the ball, they switch roles and become the attacking team.

You can either play this game for a set time period (5 minutes) or till the first team gets to a certain number of points (50).

This is a great game working on possession, penetrating and defending.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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