Perfect Passing Technique Training
Before we get started, big shout out to my boys Caden White, Caden Wilkes, Jackson Magnus, and Nathan Dann of San Diego Soccer Club. These boys are 8 years old and I have been training them for the past year. They have come so far in such a small amount of time and much of that is to the work we do every Friday on the field. The bigger part of that is that each of these little dudes has that little fire burning inside of them to get better everyday and they are doing it! Thanks for stepping up in this video!
This is perfect passing technique training progression comes from my experience in working with young players. I often find that the 8-12 year old players have good touches on the ball, but often miss the little fundamentals requires to gain high levels of competency in the passing game. I recently observed a high level team training and saw them spend 10-15 minutes at the beginning of practice working on fundamentals and techniques. This is a team with 2-3 players on the West Coast ODP Regional Team who are well on their way to Division 1 college scholarships, and yes, even they need extra touches training their passing technique. I can’t get away from this, the higher level you achieve, the more the little things matter. This is a great warm-up and training to help young players develop the skills they will need to thrive at the next level.
Serving Player Starts on the Ground, Kneeling with the Ball:
1 Minute Right Foot Touches
1 Minute Left Foot Touches
Then players can switch, or take another turn. This is great for parents and siblings to execute.
The next progression:
3 Minutes Two Touch Passing (Collect with the Right Foot, Play with the Right Foot, Collect Left Foot, Play Left Foot)
3 Minutes Two Touch Passing Opposite Foot (Collect with left, play with right, collect with right, play with left)
In the stage where players are on the ground, make sure it’s a controlled 2 handed roll to the working player.
Make sure to have plant foot pointed where you want the ball to go.
Make sure striking foot is perpendicular to that plant foot.
In 2 Touch Passing, Make sure 1st touch is a little in front so we can go forward to play. You will notice some of these little guys have to take steps back, we work on always going forward.
In 2 Touch Passing Opposite Foot, use your collecting/receiving foot to play the ball across to your playing foot so everything is always fluid and moving forward.
Get out there and train.