Wall Passes in Fives

The following comes from Don Herlan (Smedley). Much more like this can be found from Smedley on his site at www.smedleyssoccersite.com.


This drill is great for working on the wall pass combination, one that will give each player plenty of repetitions as both the passer and the receiver.

Set Up: Five players are set up inside of the grid, working back and forth between the two cones.

Procedure: To begin the drill, Player A looks to combine with Player D or E, as Player B comes to the ball (as a passive defender). Player A walls with Player D (or E), and then passes the ball up to Player C. After making his last pass, Player A goes to the ball and plays passive defense. Player C then looks to combine with Players D and E. The pattern continues with the central players (A, B, and C) working in a shuttle fashion, while Players D and E run back and forth in support of the ball. Every 30-60 seconds, the players should rotate to new positions.

wall passes in fives

Teaching Topics:

  1. Attacking 2 v 1
  2. Speed of play
  3. Supporting runs

Progressions: Limit the players to one touch

Coaching Points:

  1. Player A must commit the defender by attacking him at speed with the dribble.
  2. Accelerate after making the first pass and run by the defender.
  3. The wall player should set up slightly behind the defender, out of his field of vision.

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