Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ball Movement

Field Position:

Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




This drill allows for players to practice breaking at good angles to receive a long pass and then protecting the ball once it is caught.  It also provides an opportunity for players to work on making long passes with both their left and right hand.

Description of Drill-Execution

Begins with 3 players on both sidelines of the field.  Set up 4 cones as shown.  The 2 sideline cones are where the first and third pass will come from.  The cones inside the field are where the second and fourth pass will come from.  X1 starts with the ball; she says go and X2 breaks out from the sideline cone to the closest cone inside the field.  X1 passes the ball to X2 using a leading pass.  X2 receives the pass curls around the cone as if it is a defender (use shoulder-shoulder-stick protection).  X2 takes a few steps and sends a long left-handed pass to the opposite sideline to X5.  As soon as X5 receives the ball, X4 breaks away from the sideline cone looking for a leading pass.  Once X4 receives the ball, she curls around the cone and sends a long right-handed pass to X6.  Players follow their passes and move to the next line.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Breaking at good angles to receive a long pass
  2. Protecting the ball once a long pass is received
  3. Catching the ball on the move
  4. Making long passes with both hands

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

Add light pressure to the passers to make the drill more game-like.