Receiving to Play Forward

Session focus:

  • Quick, accurate passing passing
  • Patience in possession
  • Spacial Awareness

1. Warmup – Two touch passing Warmup

2. Possession (Playing Forward)

Possession to play forward

One team starts as defending team with 1 defened in each square. Other two teams make it 4v1. Aim is to make 3-5 passes then open up and play forward to other team who repeats.

Change defenders every 90 seconds to keep game moving quick. When defending team win ball back 5 times they swap out with one of the teams.

3. Target Men

Three Team Possession Game

4. Free Play

Dribbling and running with the ball

The focus of the session is to work on running with the ball, dribbling and improvisation in attack. Penetration will also be covered in 1v1 and SSG.

Warm up – Coerver turn square

Setup: 15 x 15 square

Players split up into two teams, one team starts outside square and other team inside small triangle with a ball each.

Inside team dribbles around an outside player, then back into the small triangle and repeats. Work: 90 seconds rest 90 seconds.


  • Right foot only
  • Left foot only
  • Toe taps
  • Inside Taps
  • Scissors

1v1 Practice – Improvisation

Setup: As Warmup

Half from each team face each other on opposite sides of the square. Players take turns to go 1v1 against opposite player. One team starts with the ball and plays into opposite player who must then dribble past defender and score by either crossing the end line or dribbling through gates (Progression).


Endzone – Dribbling

Two small pitches side by side max 4v4, score by dribbling into an end zone. Once you score you then attack the opposite end zone.

3-4 mins work, 1 minute rest.

Finishing Session – Volleys

Session Focus: This session focuses on Passing, Receiving and Finishing Technique using Volleys.

Age group: U11


  • Players: 5-10 (Work with two groups if more)
  • Equipment: Balls and Cones
  • Duration: 15-20mins


Passing Square Warmup Drill

Play starts with player on the ball dribbling clockwise to the next cone and passing to the next player who repeats. Play for 2-3 minutes to allow players to adequately warm up. Focus on technique and understanding the activity before asking players to increase tempo.


  • Go anti-clockwise
  • Add stepover/skill whilst dribbling
  • Passing instead of dribbling
  • Passing Anti-clockwise
  • Pass, 1/2

Technique Part 1 – Volleys (Accuracy)

Youth Soccer Volley Technique Drill

Time: 10mins

Players split into two teams, each team has three balls set on top of cones 5 yards away with one player from each team behind the balls acting as a server.

The server throws to the person top of the que who must try to volley the ball and knock a ball of the cone. The server is responsible for retrieving the ball and only one ball per team.

Technique Part 2 – Volleys (Power)

Youth Soccer Volley Team Game

Time: 10mins

One team stands at right hand side of a large goal with no goalkeeper and the other team on the left side. First player form each team stands in front of the goals. Next player in line serves and striker must score with a volley and it has to hit the back of the net to count.

Side of foot or laces? Good technique, eyes on ball, knee over ball and strike through.


  • Headers to score – Focus on attacking the ball, don’t be scared of it. How does this apply to defensive header on a Saturday especially from set pieces?

SSG – Wide areas with header/volley bonus

Youth Soccer Small Sided Game - Passing, Possession and Finishing

Each team has two small goals to score in, players must attempt to switch play quickly to the opposite wing to exploit space.

No goalkeepers but players can score in the large nets with a volley or header to score. Scoring as follows:

  • Score in small goals = 1 goal
  • Score in large goals with header or volleys = 3 goals
  • Switch the player and score in opposite small goal within 10 seconds = 5 goals