Soccer Passing Drill

Pass And Receive | Passing Drill

In this fun passing drill, players will practice passing and receiving the ball and looking over their shoulders for a pass. This drill is great to use as a passing drill or as a warm-up drill.

Passing Drill – Pass And Receive

Set Up The Drill

Set up a series of passing lanes 20 yards in length and 5 yards across. Each lane should be split up into 3 zones as shown (7×5 yards, 6 x 5yards, and 7 x 5 yards). Divide players into groups of 3 and give 2 balls to each group. Next, arrange each group of 3 players so one player is in the middle of the passing lane without a ball, and the other two players are at opposite sides of the passing lane with a ball each (A and B). Now the drill can start.


To begin, the central player checks towards Player A who passes the ball to them. The central player receives the ball and passes it back before turning around and repeating the sequence with player B. The central player continues in this fashion for 2-3 minutes before switching roles. Repeat until each player has had a turn in the central zone.


Running through the same sequence, have players A and B feed the ball from their hands to the central player so they can practice receiving the ball in the air with their feet, thighs, and chest. Work in 2-3 minute increments for each method of receiving.

Coaching Points

Focus on the ABC of passing. Players should use their first touch to create an Angle to enable them to pass the ball back with their second foot. Players should keep their Balance forward with their standing foot next to the ball as they make the pass. Players should Contact the ball and pass using the inside of their foot, striking the center of the ball.

In addition to focusing on the ABC of passing, encourage players to;

  • use correct trapping technique with chest, thigh, and foot.
  • work as fast as they can without losing control of the ball.
  • practice looking over their shoulder before they receive the ball in the central zone.

Top Tip:

This activity can be made more fun and competitive by having each group try to make as many successful passes as possible in the allotted time period. To encourage accuracy, make it a rule that if the ball leaves a team’s passing lane at any time that group must start again at zero!