Passing in a Box with Combinations Variation I

  • Organisation

    6 cones are laid out as shown, i.e. 4 cones make up the outer box in which 2 further cones are placed. One player per cone. The start cone must have 2 players.

  • Process

    The drill starts at the cone with 2 players. The first pass is in the middle, where the ball is laid off (2).

    Then the ball is passed cross-field (3). After that the player passes a square ball (4).

    The same sequence now takes place in the opposite direction (5-8). The 4 outer players follow their passes. The two players in the middle move diagonally after their pass to the outer cone (red dotted line).

  • Tip

    - 6 cones.

    - This drill is very tiring and requires a great deal of player intelligence.

    - The standing leg is often too far away from the ball and/or the player leans back.

    - Timing of the pass is important.

    - Don't forget the runs.

    - Demand good strength of pass and pass precision.

    - Pass precision is more important than pass speed.

    - Concentration must be held at all times.

    - Anticipation, awareness, reaction, speed of thought and movement with and without the ball are continuously required.

  • Field size

    15 x 15m

  • Cone margins

    The two outer cones are 15 meters apart. The third cone is central at a distance of 7.5m from the outer cones and set off at a distance of 6m.


Running technique with/without ball, Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Ball control, Passing, Dribbling

Shot technique/shooting [Laces, Outside of the foot, Inside of the foot]


Defensive/Offensive play

Games plays [Overlapping]


Variable intervals, Speed of movement with ball, Explosiveness, Speed of movement off the ball, Speed endurance, Fitness program

Strength [Power & Speed, Strength endurance]


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

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19

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


30 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [5 players, 4 players, 2 players]

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

> 10 players [10 players]

Form of Training:

Group training, Team training, Training in pairs, Individual training

Participating Players:

Whole team


Groups, Offensive behaviors, Alone training, Stress training, Training for fun

Skill Level:

Beginner, Advanced, Professional

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

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

Author: Christian Titz

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