Passing with Different Runs and Goal Attempts

  • Organisation

    Set up the exercise as shown with 4 cones. Two or more players can stand at the start cone. (1) Shot on goal


  • Process

    Player A passes a long ball (on the ground or in the air) to player B and then sprints after his pass. Player B lays the ball off for A to run onto who then passes to C. C passes a short pass to B. At the same time, player D sprints towards the 18 yard box. Player B passes the ball into space, down the middle for D to run on to, he should reach the ball approx. 14 - 18m from goal. D shoots at goal, and then takes up the position from player A. All players then move on one position.

  • Tip

    Start by running the drill slowly and then increase the speed. The player waiting for the ball should always make a short, quick dummy run away from the ball before controlling it. At a high tempo and with just 4 players this exercise can be extremely tiring.

    - Under time contrictions, this is a very realistic and challenging passing dril.

    - The players waiting for the ball should call for each ball.

    - The timing of the pass and the timing of the start are key.

    - Precision is more important than speed.

    - Concentration must be held at all times.

    - The passes should be played hard along the ground.

    - The player should lift his foot slightly when laying the ball off - Goals!

  • Field size

    One half

  • Cone margins

    Distance between cones I - II: 40 meters Distance between cones II - III: 10 meters Distance between cones III - IV: 10 meters


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


Defensive/Offensive play, Attacking with focus on offsides


Speed of movement off the ball, Speed endurance

Strength [Power & Speed, Strength endurance]


Quick processing, Quick understanding of danger, Quick decisioning, Coordination & Speed Training

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis, End


Training examples


U14 - U19, Any, Adult (from 18 years on), U6 - U13


40 min

Number of Players:

> 10 players

1 - 5 players [3 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


Alone training, Groups

Skill Level:

Professional, Any, Beginner, Advanced

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

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

Author: Norbert Beham

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