Numbered Passing

  • Organisation

    Set up a box 30 x 25m. 12 players take up their place in the box and each player has a number from 1 - 12.

  • Process

    Players 1 and 7 take up their start positions and each has a ball. They pass the ball to the player with the next highest number. I.e. Player 1 passes to 2, 2 passes to 3, 3 passes to 4 etc. At the same time player 7 passes to 8, 8 passes to 9 etc. At the start of the drill each player has at least 2 touches (not one touch). As the drill progresses the drill can be done with one touch. Alternative: - Players 1, 5 and 9 each start with a ball (in total 3 balls) - The number of players and balls is variable. However the level of difficulty varies accordingly. There are a several ways to pass the ball: - with the instep - with the 'laces' - with the outstep - with the ball of the foot - the banana shot (a pass with lots of swerve)

  • Tip

    4 cones, - Precise, exact passing is extremely important for successful soccer. As a result passing should be regularly practised. It is important not to forget to correct mistakes and give correct demonstrations. - The players need good timing as they need to control the ball and pass the ball on. Concentration and eye-contact between the passer and the player receiving are important here. - The players should call the player receiving the ball before every pass. - The players should always be on the move and shouldn't occupy the same space. That way the game flows and awareness of space and game intelligence can be improved.

  • Field size

    Box 30 x 25 meters

  • Cone margins

    30 x 25 meters


Dribbling, Shot technique/shooting, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Trapping, Ball control, Passing

Headers [Heading while in motion]


Tactics, Transitional play (shifting the game), Attacking with focus on offsides, Defensive/Offensive play

Wing play/Crossing [Wing play without opponents]

Pressing [High pressure on defense]

Games plays [Overlapping]


Speed endurance, Explosiveness

Strength [Power & Speed, Strength endurance]


Quick anticipation, Quick decisioning, Quick processing, Quick understanding of danger

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


Free kicks


U14 - U19, Any

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09, Under 8, U 07 (6-7 years)]


20 min

Number of Players:

> 10 players

1 - 5 players [4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players, 7 players, 8 players]

Form of Training:

Individual training, Group training, Team training

Participating Players:

Whole team


1 goalie, 2 goalies


Offensive behaviors, Alone training, Goalkeeper behaviors, Groups, Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors

Skill Level:

Beginner, Advanced, Professional, Any

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field, Half-field

Training Location:

Turf field, Grass field, Indoor, Forest/meadow, Asphalt

Author: Christian Titz

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