One ball for every three players
For groups up to 12 players, players are in teams of three at one end of a soccer field. Players use the full width of the field. For groups larger than 12 (24 maximum), create two smaller areas by having players practice across the field, allocating one group to each half.
Player A, with the ball, moves forward and then crosses or centers the ball to player B, who comes up to meet the ball. Player B controls, moves the ball forward, and gives a long, lofted pass to player C, who comes up to meet the ball. The drill becomes continuous as the players move along the field.
- Players should lift their heads to know exactly where the receiver is and is moving to.
- Players should strike the ball with the toe down and hit through the bottom half of the ball to make it rise.
- Players should use a long swing of the kicking leg.
- Players should develop a high follow-through.
- Players should lean away from the ball.
- Players should keep the nonkicking foot well behind the ball.
- The controlling touch is vital in setting the ball up to deliver the pass to the next receiver.
- All three players move slowly and make the pass with the stronger foot.
- Players use the foot that is farther from the receiver (i.e., the left foot when passing to the right and vice versa).
- Players move quickly and deliver the ball as early and quickly as they can.
- Players pass the ball with a first-time kicking movement (i.e., no time is allowed to control and dribble before kicking—this is a very challenging technique).