"How to teach soccer passing
to youth soccer players..."

Passing the soccer ball with the inside of the foot...

Teaching players soccer passing is not very difficult, but making passes under the pressure of an opponent is more difficult.

Young players need to be able to take a touch, get their heads up to find a pass. The pass must get to the other players feet or space that the player is running into...

The pass must have the right pace to get to the target - this is the challenging part for young players. Shorter passes need a lighter touch where as a longer pass needs more pace.

So how do we as coaches teach young players to pass the soccer ball?

This is a very good video on how to pass the ball.





Passing techniques


  • The coaching mantra for passing the soccer ball is toe up, heel down and ankle locked.
  • The plant foot must be next to the soccer ball.
  • Have a little look before the pass to see where the target is...
  • Keep the shoulders and head still facing the direction of the target.
  • The players should strike the soccer ball through the middle of the soccer ball.

Coaching tip: The player should avoid getting their foot under the soccer ball because this will cause the soccer ball to rise.

There are a few areas that coaches have to determine when coaching soccer passing practices...

  • The age group the coach is working with U6-U12.
  • How long have the kids been playing?
  • What is the technical level of the players?

Once the coach has an idea of these three areas he or she can decide the where to start teaching.

Coaching tips:

No matter what level you coach, the kids will have varying levels of proficiency in the beginning until they have all developed some technique.


Preparing a passing practice...


There are a few areas that coaches have to determine when coaching passing...

  • The age group the coach is working with U6-U12.
  • How long have the kids been playing?
  • What is the technical level of the players?

Once the coach has an idea of these three areas he or she can decide the where to start teaching.

Coaching tip: No matter what level you coach the kids will have varying levels of proficiency in the beginning until they have all developed some technique.




Passing practices and ideas


There are tons of passing practices and concepts that coaches can employ. Here are a few soccer practices that I really like.

The practices can be adapted to fit different age groups.

I like to start out with basic fun games when coaching the younger kids for a couple of reasons.

  • Making the soccer passing practice fun
  • Teaching inside the game.

Lets proceed with a some ideas and practices on passing the soccer ball.


Soccer practices

Soccer fun games

Soccer fun games U6 - U9 soccer players warm up and passing games. These small games help the younger players develop their passing game.

Possession soccer

Possession soccer for U10 - U12 starts with a good warm up. The warm up should include lots of technique so the players are working on their passing skills.

Small sided games

Once the players have worked on their passing the coach can take it to small sided games.

These passing exercises and soccer practices will help the young players develop their passing game.

Happy coaching!


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