5 Simple Soccer Passing Drills For Beginners + Training Tips

Passing is an important soccer skill that your kid must learn to master as early as possible. If your kid cannot pass straight to you or a teammate then it’s time you train your kid these 5 simple soccer passing drills.

These drills are a great workout for your kid, easy, fun, and can be used as warm-ups as well.

The good thing is that they can be done indoors with a ball and some training cones or you can use plastic bottles as markers.



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Benefits Of Passing Drills

The simple passing drills below will help your kid develop the following skills:

  1. Correct passing technique
  2. Accurate passing
  3. Applying the correct force to the ball to reach you
  4. Training the weak foot

cute little boy play a football outdoors

Do not forget to read the drill variations because they offer more training options for your kid.


Training Tips

  1. Always warm-up, stretch, and warm-down
  2. Do the drill properly even if it means slowing down
  3. Use arms for balance
  4. Rest and hydrate after each drill
  5. Record each drill so you can see your kids progress
  6. You might want to read how to kick a soccer ball before coming back to this post

Equipment needed

  1. Soccer ball – young kids will need a soft rubber ball
  2. At least 5 cones
  3. Some training space
  4. Get a partner or a parent to help
  5. Pen and paper to record your kid’s progress

If you do not have any partner then I suggest you check out my wall passing drills

A father passes the ball to his son


1. Simple Pass

Duration: 10 minutes

This is a very basic passing drill that you and your kid has probably done a lot of times already without realizing its importance.

Stand a few feet away from your kid and pass the ball back and forth.

Keep this drill simple to get your kid to familiarise with the basics

If your kid is young you can stand as close as 3 feet and play with a ball that is soft – a strong ball can hurt your kid’s foot

If your kid is older then use a size 3 or 4 soccer ball.

Drill Steps

  1. Stand facing your kid
  2. Pass the ball slowly to your kid with the inside of your foot
  3. Instruct your kid to pass back to you
  4. Repeat step 2

 

Mother with son playing in a summer park

Variations & Tips

  1. Increase the space between you and your kid to encourage passing accuracy
  2. Your kid can stop the ball before passing back

2. Alternate Foot Passing – 2 Touches

Duration: 10 minutes, 5 minutes for each foot

Same as Drill 1 but when your kid received the passes, he or she stops the ball then passes back to you – 2 touches.

Also, your kid alternate to the other foot for the next pass.

For example, if your kid passes to you with his or her right foot, the next pass would from the left, and so on.

You can also do the alternate foot passing so that your kid can watch and understand the task.

Drill Steps

  1. You pass the ball with your left foot
  2. Your kid traps the ball and passes back with his or her right foot
  3. You trap the ball and pass back with the right foot
  4. Your kid traps the ball and passes back with the left foot
  5. Repeat Step 1

Girls playing soccer

Variations & Tips

  1. Reverse the drill by receiving the ball with the left foot, then pass it back with the right foot – anticlockwise.
  2. When it gets easier, increase the distance

3. Alternate Foot Passing – 1 Touch

Duration: 10 minutes, 5 minutes for each foot

Same as Drill 2 but your kid passes back to you without pausing when receiving the ball – only 1 touch of the ball.

Not forgetting to alternate to the other foot for the next pass.

Drill Steps

  1. You pass the ball with your left foot
  2. Your kid passes back with his or her right foot
  3. You pass back with the right foot
  4. Your kid passes back with the left foot
  5. Repeat Step 1

Little boy playing football at the field

Variations & Tips

  1. Reverse the drill by receiving the ball with the left foot, then pass it back with the right foot – anticlockwise.
  2. When it gets easier, increase the distance

4. Pass Behind Obstacle

Duration: 10 minutes, 5 minutes for each foot

This drill simulates receiving and passing behind an opponent and improves coordination between the feet.

Place a cone in front of your kid and instruct him or her to receive the pass from one side then pass the ball from the other side of the cone.

This drill involves the left and the right foot.

Drill Steps

  1. You pass the ball to the left side of the cone
  2. Your kid receives the ball
  3. Tap the ball to the other foot
  4. Passes the ball back to you from the right side of the cone
  5. Repeat Step 1

Girl taking a break during soccer practice

Variations & Tips

  1. Use inside of the foot to receive and pass
  2. After passing to the left side of the cone, switch to the right side.

5. Lane Pass

Duration: 15 minutes

This drill is a little challenging because it puts more emphasis on the player’s passing accuracy and applying the correct weight when pushing the ball.

Line up 2 rows of cones to form an alley, with you and your kid at each end, and pass the ball to each other, without touching the cones

The 2 rows can be 5 feet wide or narrower.

The lane can be short for young kids or 15 feet long for older kids.

Drill Steps

  1. Stand facing your kid at the end of the lane
  2. Pass the ball straight down the alley to your kid
  3. Your kid passes back to you
  4. Repeat Step 2

father and son practicing passing

Variations & Tips

  1. Use inside of the foot
  2. Try not to hit the cones
  3. The longer and narrower the alley, the harder the drill becomes

Conclusion

These drills, although seemed, easy can be challenging for your kids for the first time. However, if your kid practice every day these tasks will become easy.

Remember to be patient, start slow, and concentrate on the passing technique instead.

Because if your kid becomes familiar with the correct technique you will see a huge improvement in his or her performance on the field.

If you don’t have training cones, improvise with plastic water bottles.

Lastly, always record your kid’s training progress should you can make improvements in the next training.

Enjoy soccer and be safe.

 

Related: 13 Best Soccer Training Equipment For Kids

 

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