Starting with the basic requirments of understanding how to receieve and pass the ball.

This needs to be pitched at the right level so as a coach you need to observe and ensure that the key coaching points are met.

Do not assume all players can receieve and pass the ball correctly.

The coaching tips and technique are very simple to master and demonstrate,  there should be no excuse for your players not mastering the techniques

Drop elements of this into your sessions as ofetn as you feel required


Coach working with a small group of players on receiving the ball and passing

Start with 2 touch just using instep of one foot only

Control the ball by pushing the ball slightly in front of the  leg you want to pass with rather than stopping it

This allows the coach to focus players attention and spend time working on a specific technique

6 Coaching Points

Eye Contact – Body shape to receive the ball – Communication (show and say where you want the pass) -1st touch (control) –  passing technique – weight of pass

The MAJORITY of players  to be competent with all 6 points left and right foot before you move onto the next part



The same drill is replicated with 3 groups

To add to the complexity we increase the speed with a competition

The first team to complete the challenge set by the coach wins



The same drill structure but now replace the coach with a player

Every player takes one full turn as the central player

Coach must monitor and focus on the key 6 points to ensure that all players understand and learn how to receieve the ball and pass

This basic format can be repeated several times per season for various recieiving and passing combinations, for example:

1 Touch

2 Touch Outside of foot control same foot instep pass

2 Touch  Instep Control onto 2nd foot pass

3 touch outside take, inside switch with 2nd foot pass

1 Touch can only pass right with right foot, left with left foot

For the drill above with the coach beign the pivot plaer we have full control over the drill tempo and quality.


Now we introduce more footballs so we have added more complexity to the drill

Players on the outside wait untill player in the centre shows and calls for the pass

They perform a 2 touch pass combination

Middle player repeats with all the outside players

The Players change after and agreed number of passes

Start uniform with players working clockwise

Then allow random so central player decides what order, but he must get passes from every player

As with RP1  progress as a competition to see which player can complete the task the quickest

Effective Passing Drill Warm ups

If your players have the basic concepts mastered a receieving & passing warm up could be an added extra element to include in your session
Warm Up RP1

Random warm up with players in teams of 3 or 4 players (As per SSG game at the end of session)

Each team has 1 ball

Player on the ball takes 3 touches then he looks to pass to a teammate who is calling and showing where he wants the pass

After passing the ball he then sprints away into space when in space he turns and looks for a pass from he team

Players cannot pass back to the same player, must use all of the team

Try to have at least 1 coach to 2 teams and just focus and observe what your players are doing

Coaching Points

Eye Contact – Are they looking at you ? If not do not pass

Communication – Are they calling for a pass & showing where they want the pass to go ? If not do not pass

Space – Are they in a good position for a pass ? If not do not pass

Passing Technique – Was the weight and direction of pass good enough ? did they use the correct part of the foot to make the pass ?

1st Touch – Did the player receiving the ball have their  body shape right ? , was the 1st touch on the back foot into space ?

Movement – Did the player who made the pass sprint into space afterwards ?  did the receiving player keep the ball under control and move into space  ?

The cycle continues again and again….

A good starting warm up for a session to empahsise the topic for the week


Warm Up RP1.1

Set up as with the initial warm up

The emphasis now is on a longer pass through gaps (killer pass)

Still using the same side foot technique, can we pass the ball through players to find our teammates


Similar to the RP1 but with a grid formation

Now players cannot pass to players on the same line

So focus moves more to the movement of the player off the ball and then the quality of the pass

Stage 2 Receiving & Passing Drills

In this section we introduce the defender and then challenge players decision making more

 Drill RP2

Teams of 4 to 6 Players

Coach numbers all players and agrees on the type of receiving and passing (2 touch, etc)

2 touch using instep control  is always a good starting point in makes players work on body shape, technique and speed every time

Coach shouts out number 1 and the red & yellow numbers 1’s leave their group and try to get a touch on the opponents ball

Remaining players must try to keep the ball

Start off with players in set positions with a limited amount of movement allowed

Same 6 coaching points for Receiving & Passing


Competition as the coach calls the number it is the first player to get a touch and return to his own group wins

Extra intensity to the session


The same format as bove but allow the players in possession a greater area and freedom of movement

Half of a SSG pitch would be a good size,  increasing the work for the defending team and adding decision making and passing options to the possession team


Same format as RP2B but with more players involved

5-8 Players

Players are numbered as previous but now the coach will shout a variety of number combinations which could have 1-3 defenders trying to win the ball back


5-8 Players

Coach decides how many players can try to win the ball back at one time (1,2 or 3)

Progression from RP2 where the players will now decide which players try to win the ball back

Developing into the real game situation

Now if the defenders win the ball can they switch the play into their own half

There team now tries to keep possession

This is now a real game situation with teams now trying to keep the ball in their own half

If the lose it they have to try and win it back as quickly as possible


Each team counts the successfull passes and it is the first team to the agreed number wins (eg 50 passes)