Soccer Passing Drill

Passing In Sequence

In this simple passing drill, players work on their passing and receiving skills as well as communication, vision, and awareness. This activity can also be used as a fun warm-up drill to practice passing.

Passing Drill – Passing In Sequence

Set Up The Drill

Set up a 30×30 yard grid using small cones. You will also need pinnies in two separate colors and a couple of soccer balls.


Split the players up into 2 groups and put them in pinnies. Next, tell the players in each group that they need to number themselves 1-6 (or 1 – however many players they have in the group). 

Give a ball to player number 1 in each group and tell them they must pass the ball in sequence within their group. So, player 1 passes to player 2, player 2 passes to player 3, player 3 passes to player 4, etc. Once the ball gets to number 6, the group gets 1 point. Number 6 then passes the ball to number 1 and the sequence begins again. Players must continue moving at all times and not stay in the same spot. Play the first to 3 points or challenge the players to get as many points as they can within a designated amount of time.


Keeping the rule that players must keep moving a must pass in the correct sequence, you can work through some of the following progressions:

  • Each pass must be a minimum of 10 yards in length.
  • Player with 2 balls per group (1 ball starts with number ‘1’ and another starts with number ‘3’. Award a point every time number 6 receives a ball.
  • Work backwards from 6-1.
  • Players must complete a turn upon receiving a pass before passing to the next number.
  • Players can only take 2 or 3 touches when they receive the ball.

Coaching Points

  • Good communication at all times.
  • Keep your head up and be aware of the player you are receiving from and the player you will be passing too.
  • Play at a high tempo whilst retaining accuracy in your passing and movement.


To encourage the players to keep moving, tell them that they will lose all their points if anyone stands still even for a moment. Demonstrate soccer-related movements to show them the type of movement you are looking for.