Passing in three Boxes with Position Changes Variation II

  • Organisation

    Using 8 cones, three zones are marked out next to each other. The three zones make up the whole field of play (marked light green). Eachof the boxes is labelled zone 1, 2 or 3. The zone with the ball is ifilled with 6 players. The middle zone (zone 2) has 2 players. Zone 3 also has 2 playes. (1) Field 1 (2) Field 2 (3) Field 3

  • Process

    The players play in pairs:

    (A+A) = red team (B+B) = yellow team

    (C+C) = blue team (D+D) = grey team

    (E+E) = blue team

    The two pairs in possession must play at least three passes before they are allowed to pass the ball to the players in zone 2.

    The third pair tries to intercept the ball through clever pressing and energetic tackling. If they manage this, then they swap positions with the pair which lost the ball.

    After the third successful uninterupted pass, if possible, the pair should pass the ball into zone 2. The players in zone 2 must both touch the ball before passing in to zone 3.

    The player who passed the ball follows his pass together with his partner and the two defenders (C+C). The drill is then repeated with (E+E) together.

    The defenders remain in their positions until they have intercepted the ball, the ball is played out or for a maximum of 2 minutes.


    - no restrictions on touches

    - Restricted touches (e.g. 1-3 touches)

  • Tip

    - 8 cones.

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

    - Good touch and combination soccer is required.

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

    - Demand good strength of pass and pass precision.

    - Pass precision is more important than pass speed.

    - Concentratuion must be held at all times.

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

    - The zones in which the players compete change regularly, so creating a new game situation each time.

Training Set

Main point, Progression


30 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U09, U08, U07, U14 - U19


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


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


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

Training Organization

Number of Players

2 players, 4 players, 5 players, 6 players, 7 players, 8 players, 10 players

Form of Training

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

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Whole team


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

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

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

Author: Christian Titz

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