Under 12 Passing and Attacking Session


Session to develop passing and receiving technique. We then introduce players to different 4v4 conditioned games where they have to solve different problems.

Coaching Points:

  • Short passing and receiving
  • Patience in possession
  • Penetration in attack
  • Forward runs, runs into space

Warmup – Technical (Passing) (20mins)

Passing Warm up

Description: Three variations of short passing, slowly lifting the tempo as the warm up goes on. Players should work on developing passing and receive technique, ideally working with 1 or 2 touches maximum.

SSG – Playing against a high line (20mins)

SSG - High Line

Description: This game mimics playing against a team that defends high up the pitch, the team in possession must look to beat the offside trap and either drive into the attacking third or receive a well timed pass.

Once the attacker breaks into the end zone only 1 defender can follow in to defend. As the players get used to the drill add more pressure or regress as required.


  • Add more pressure
  • Remove offside – now all attacking players must be over half way line to score. Helps to develop sense of when to move up the pitch as a unit
  • Add strikers into the end zones, they must receive the ball with their backs to goal and look to set a midfielder for a shot from distance. This can be useful when the attacker is being tightly marked


  • Play starts from Goal Keeper who must play into central zone, you can retain possession by going back to keeper unopposed
  • If ball goes out of middle zone simply kick in rather than throw, if ball goes out in either end zone it is goal keepers ball, no corners
  • If you score you keep possession but start from your keeper

Free Play (20mins)

Free Play - 8v8

Attacking / Defending

1. Warmup – Technical Circuit

Technical Warmup

Video: Facebook link

2a. Basics of Defending 1v1

Defending 1v1

Description: 1 ball per pair, each player takes it in turn to drive towards the passive defender opposite and reach the other line. once they are there drill repeats with now other player becoming the passive defender. defender will become active can they now get past the defender to the end line. defender needs to think about body shape/angle/distance away from attacker. can we force them to an area? weaker foot?

Coaching Points: (Technical) Defender needs to think about body shape/angle/distance away from attacker. can we force them to an area? weaker foot?

Progression: Full Pressure 1v1

1v1 Full Pressure

Description: Add a small end zone containing a mini goal. Defender plays the ball into the attacker who must try to score in the mini goal. If defender wins the ball he scores by stopping the ball on the opposite end line.

Think about body shape, closing defender down quickly, dictate where the defender can go.

2b. Finishing (Whole/Part/Whole)

Description: Two teams start in their own halves, can have a goal keeper or first man back. If it is too hard to score remove goal keepers and players can only stop with a block or header.

WHOLE: Play starts with one team who tries to score from their own half, if the ball goes out or they score the other team starts play and repeats. Good supply of balls for both teams, no throw-ins or corners. Restart with new ball from the teams own half.

Shooting Game Whole

PART: Each team has two groups, one on each of corners. All players have a ball each and take turns to serve to the coach who lays off for a shot.

Important to work on finishing techniques, driven shot, chip shot, placed shot and cured shot.

Progress to use goalkeepers to increase difficulty, coach alternates team he servers too.


Finishing Part

Progress back to WHOLE.

3. 8v8 Game

Free play - 6v6

Full 9v9 pitch size, roll out rule with proper formation. Encourage good technique from topics earlier in the session.