Session Plan: Develop Long Passing

A Better Football subscriber recently emailed to ask if I had any suggestions for a long passing session that he was having difficulty planning.

How do you coach long passing without resorting to dull static practices which don’t look anything like the game itself?

Better Football put together these simple but enjoyable practices in to a long passing session just for you.

Unopposed Practice : Long Lofted Drive

Set up a pitch approximately 40m x 40m. Put a 20m x 20m area in the centre. (See the diagram above)

Remember to take your players through an appropriate soccer warm-up before you get into the main part of the session.

Split your players in to three teams.

Position one team in the central area and the other players around the outer area.

a) The players on the outside play a one-two pass combination with the players in the centre.

b) The players on the outside then use the Long Lofted Pass technique to pass to a teammate stood on the opposite side of the area.

c) The receiver controls the ball and then finds a player in the centre to combine with.

If players are struggling to strike a moving ball accurately you can allow them to stop the ball and then gradually increase the speed of the pass in to them as they grow in confidence.

Opposed Practice : Overload Game

Soccer Drill for Coaching Long Passing Technique

Long Passing Skill Practice

Pick up a couple of markers to leave a pitch with two channels.

a) Two teams combine against one defending team.

b) Both teams earn a point if they can complete 10 successive passes.

c) Teams can also earn a point instantly by completing a pass from one channel to the other.

d) If a team gives away the ball they become the defenders and the other teams combine.

Game-Related Practice : Switch

Soccer Drill (Small-Sided Game) for Coaching Long Passing Technique

Long Passing Small-Sided Game

Add goals to the end lines.

a) Reds play against blues in a 4v4 plus goalkeepers directional game. Depending on numbers also have up to two all-time attackers.

b) Defenders are only allowed in to a channel if the ball is in that channel.

c) Play first to a three-goal lead or for five minutes and then change the all-time attackers (and possibly goalkeepers).

Finally

Cool down and evaluate the session with your players.

Have you tried these or similar practices? Did you adjust the session to work better with your players? Let me know in the comments below.

19 thoughts on “Session Plan: Develop Long Passing

  1. Hi Pavl,First of all, yes I would like to see more like this added to the site.A comment on practices 1 and 2. I miss, that you point out that the players switch foot every time they have to make a long pass. So that they always practice both the right and the left foot.But good progression from unopposed to game related at the end./Daniel

  2. Hi Pavl,I wrote the comment above. Will from now on use my twitter account here instead.

  3. Hi Pavl,

    First of all, yes I would like to see more like this added to the site.

    A comment on practices 1 and 2. I miss, that you point out that the players switch foot every time they have to make a long pass. So that they always practice both the right and the left foot.

    But good progression from unopposed to game related at the end.

    /Daniel

  4. Thanks Daniel, you make a great point about working both feet.When coaching this practice you can also ask receivers to vary their position and adjust the weight and angle of the lay-off. Scaffold the challenges so progressing to opposed and then game-related practice is a smoother learning curve.Pavl

  5. Hi Pavl,First of all, yes I would like to see more like this added to the site.A comment on practices 1 and 2. I miss, that you point out that the players switch foot every time they have to make a long pass. So that they always practice both the right and the left foot.But good progression from unopposed to game related at the end./Daniel

  6. Hi Pavl,First of all, yes I would like to see more like this added to the site.A comment on practices 1 and 2. I miss, that you point out that the players switch foot every time they have to make a long pass. So that they always practice both the right and the left foot.But good progression from unopposed to game related at the end./Daniel

  7. Hi Pavl,I wrote the comment above. Will from now on use my twitter account here instead.

  8. Hi Pavl,I wrote the comment above. Will from now on use my twitter account here instead.

  9. Thanks Daniel, you make a great point about working both feet.When coaching this practice you can also ask receivers to vary their position and adjust the weight and angle of the lay-off. Scaffold the challenges so progressing to opposed and then game-related practice is a smoother learning curve.Pavl

  10. Thanks Daniel, you make a great point about working both feet.When coaching this practice you can also ask receivers to vary their position and adjust the weight and angle of the lay-off. Scaffold the challenges so progressing to opposed and then game-related practice is a smoother learning curve.Pavl

  11. Yes, you also got another great point there – get the receivers to vary their positions. /Daniel

  12. Yes, you also got another great point there – get the receivers to vary their positions. /Daniel

  13. Yes, you also got another great point there – get the receivers to vary their positions. /Daniel

  14. Yes, you also got another great point there – get the receivers to vary their positions. /Daniel

  15. Hi Pavel,
    I want to coach ball control with my group of players in an interesting way in the 3 part format that ends in a Game related practice.
    I’d appreciate your thoughts on this.

    Many thanks in advance

    Raymondo

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