Category Archives: Receiving

Passing and Receiving Warm-up


  • a variation on something that is relatively common (circle in-and-out drill) but a variation I like because…
  • …I like the idea of combining with a teammate in traffic and…
  • …a potential progression from 2 or 3 touches to 1 touch, forcing the second / final receiver to move off the ball based on the initial pass
  • could also include a third teammate in the middle and restrict the distance of the passing, e.g. no passes under 7 yards

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First Touch Drill

[from Coerver]

The number of players on the outside of course can be adjusted; I might add in a weak foot round; and goalies can collect and distribute in the middle with a focus on good form.


Turn and Burn


ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

And here’s a still (easier to put into a practice plan). I think the one thing I tend to forget is that the defender stays in the middle and receives the next pass.

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First Touch and Escape Touch Passing

from and

This is a variation on the triangle drill that I’ve done, but I think this more arc-like shape is a better shape for movement and the back cones can be used to gauge first touch, i.e. that distance can be adjusted and the touch can be mandated to occur within those cones.



Concentric Circles First Touch Drill [from Champion Soccer School]

This one is a bit complex in terms of the picture, so I included the picture itself plus one with some illustrations to help.

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  • There are four concentric circles, each marked with a different color cone.
  • In this instance, from inside out, yellow, white, blue, green.
  • Players without a ball stand between blue cones (second to last circle) and players with a ball start inside the yellow circle.
  • Better in the beginning to have more players without a ball (between the blue) than with.
  • Players without a ball call for the ball.
  • Player with the ball make the pass and call out a cone color.
  • Players who receive the ball have to dribble around that cone color:
    • green, behind them, they have to open their hips and turn
    • white and yellow, in front of them, they receive and accelerate forward
  • Player who passed the ball takes the place between the blue cones of the player who received the ball and it cycles through.
  • Progressions:
    • Point out that the first touch to white and yellow should be different, that white, as a closer ‘defender’ should require a closer first touch while yellow, perhaps seen as ‘space’, should require a farther first touch.
    • Add in more servers in the middle to make both the dribbling and the finding of an open player more congested.
    • Have the passers not only call out a color but point to a specific cone around which the receivers should dribble.
    • Institute fitness penalties for mistakes (two balls to the same player, losing the ball in the middle, etc.).

Conveyor Belt [from Champion Soccer School]

Could have sworn I’d already posted this but couldn’t find it so here it is (and apologies if it is posted elsewhere).

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  • You can see on the right of the picture one line of cones and, on the far left, an opposite set of cones.
  • Each cone has a player at it, the right cones with a ball.
  • The right cone players are static and the left cone players are dynamic.
  • The left cone players call for a ball from the right cone players and pass it back and then move to the next cone and repeat.
  • When they reach the end of the cones, they sprint back behind the right cones and start over (hence the conveyor belt name).
  • This should generally be done for time (say, a minute or two) but can of course be done when everyone has gone once.
  • And then the sides switch.
  • This is also a very versatile way to combine touches and fitness, as any kind of pass (on the ground, in the air, header, throw-ins etc.) can be used between the cones, and it can even be used with goalies (i.e. goalies catch and distribute back while field players play with their feet).

Circle Passing with Shooting [from GrassRoots Coach]

2016 Update: Did this today and it worked better than I thought. No goals indeed and reduced the number of defenders from three to two, but it produced much better soccer than I expected, especially from a communication and creativity standpoint. Might in the future have fewer around the circle; too much standing around, but overall very pleased.


For (my) younger and/or less skilled players, I’m not sure I would add the goals, mostly for simplicity’s sake, but otherwise an interesting game.

An interesting progression too might be to include a goalie in the middle to whom players play the ball (on the ground and/or in the air) and who gets (or loses) points for cleanliness of collection.