Below are 2 exercises for small group passing to teach passing technique and interplay. These exercises are designed to focus on passing technique over short to medium distances. You can always vary these exercises to encourage 1 touch play or type of service into the players. The movement in opposite directions after the first pass is used to teach players about finding a passing lane to support the player in possession.
Organization: Create an area 15 by 15 yards with four cones on the corner. Then place two small goals about 20 yards away from the square. 2 players will start on the outside beside the goals and 2 players will start between the 2 cones on each side of the grid.
Exercise 1: In this exercise the player on the outside will play into the nearest player then receive the ball back. Once the ball is played back the nearest player will move either right or left. The player on the other end in the grid will move in the opposite direction to create a passing channel. The ball will then be played to the farthest player in the grid who will set it back for the near player to finish in the mini goal. Then play the opposite direction.
Exercise 2: In this variation the nearest player will receive the ball and play back to the player on the outside then move to one side of the grid. Again the farthest player will move to the opposite direction to ensure a path to receive the ball. Then the nearest player will receive the ball again with hips facing the field and play across the grid to the farthest player who will then finish in the mini goal. Then play the opposite direction.
Coaching Points: Play firm passes along the ground using the inside of the foot, striking through the middle of the ball. Time movements to create space to receive and play passing in 1 or 2 touches. Rotate positions in the passing grid every 2 minutes.