Preventing the Penetrating Pass

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive shape and preventing the penetrating pass.

Start with a 20 x 10 grid just beyond the top of the D. There are three attacking players and two defending players. There is also a keeper in goal.


The three attacking players start with a ball and pass amongst themselves. The two defenders are rotating to provide pressure and support.



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The attacking team does this for 45 seconds playing mainly 1 and 2 touch passes trying to catch the defenders out of position. The keeper should be communicating with the defenders to help them with proper positioning.

After the 45 seconds are up, the attacking team tries to make a penetrating pass to get to goal.

In the example below, the supporting defender is slow shifting over so the attackers can penetrate with a pass for a first time shot.


If the pass is too hard the keeper can come out to win the ball.


As soon as the play is over the players reset and start their 45 seconds back up.

The defenders are working on proper positioning and, when the opportunity arises, winning the ball.

Make sure all players have the chance to play all roles.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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