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32 Drills in the Passing Diamond

German Training Concepts

  • 15 Drills in the Passing Diamond

  • 7 Drills with a hidden give and go

  • Play into the depth

  • Small Sided Games in the Diamond

  • Drills for Finishing

  • Details for the Passer and Pass Receiver

Author: Steven Turek

Edited by: Peter Schreiner

Layout: Oliver Schreiner

Publisher: Institut für Jugendfußball

Pages: 45

Picture: 39


Prologue by Steven Turek

Dear Coaching-Colleagues,

Passing is one of the most (if not the most) fundamental elements existing in soccer. Regardless of whether passes in the build-up, for instance: A centre-back who passes the ball to a centre-midfielder or in the last third as a deadly pass into the penalty area – accurate passing is crucial for every philosophy and style of play.

A pass is that much more than the pure technicalcompletion of passing the ball from player A to player B. Both the player on the ball and the receiver of the ball are situated under different tactical influences of the particular situation – sometime an opponent comes from the behind, sometime at first a space needs to be opened in order to pass the ball to a specific player. Reproducing those competitive-circumstances is the purpose of training passing.

Steven Turek Passing in Soccer

This book wants to make principles and coaching tips available to coaches who want to train passing in an effective and authentic way. Theoretical ideas around passing (which can be used for many different practices!), are followed by different training concepts which occur in a specific organization – the diamond. With the assistance of this elementary organization, different variations of authentic passing can be quickly and effectively trained. In keeping with the diamond-organization, various exercises with different numbers of players can be performed. Even therefor the book provides a varied selection.

Hopefully some of the principles will be implemented into your training routine! Please enjoy reading this book,

Steven Turek

Passing in the Diamond

Be Conscious about your Surroundings!

In order to come to an intelligent decision on the ball, it is necessary to perceive the situation as early as possible. Therefore, every player should orientate himself before controlling the ball by observing his surroundings through views over his shoulder. However, the player needs to be aware that if his teammate is on the ball, he needs to be open for a pass. Example: In the lower illustration #6 and #8 are central players. #4 is on the ball. In an ideal situation, both players should be open for a pass. If the pass is on its way to a fellow player, #6 and #8 need to coordinately reposition and additionally orientate themselves through a view over their shoulder. The same holds true for Pass 2.

Passing in Soccer

The moment when #7 is on the ball, an open player already need to has orientated himself to be ready for the pass. The guiding principle is 'Orientate yourself by the time the pass is on its way'.

Drill in the Passing Diamond I
Passing Drill Soccer

Description: A starts an initial dribbling. With this dribbling, B starts a run straight towards the ball. A plays a deep pass to C which is passed through by B. B opens up again and receives the ball. With the back pass, D starts a run and is passed to by a tunnel-pass between the centre-back and the wing-back. D directly passes into the ball-away mini-goal. Following this, the same combination is performed from the other side.

Position Changes: A runs through and takes over the original position of B in the depth of the field. B stations on the position at the wing from D, D takes over the position of C and C runs through to the starting point.

Coaching Points: With his energetic run towards the ball, B pulls out a defender. Further, B is supposed to orientate himself through a view over his shoulder in order to assure that it is possible to pass the ball through. After he passes the ball through, he opens up immediately.

Drill in the Passing Diamond II
Passing Drill Soccer

Description: A starts an initial dribbling and passes the ball into the path of B. With this pass, E opens up towards the back dummy and receives a one-touch pass. E plays directly to A, who starts a run towards the right dummy. A passes one-touch into the back of E to B, who receives and dribbles the ball to an upper position. The combination is performed from the other side and A as well as B position themselves, respectively on their side, behind D and E. E returns to his starting position.

Coaching Points: Demanded is a passing speed as fast as possible. Also insist on a maximum of running speed when receiving the ball. In case of a 2-touch receiving, the ball-away foot receives the ball and the other one passes the ball within the second touch. In case of a demanded one-touch play, always pass the ball to the dummy-away (thus, opponent-away) foot.

Drill in the Passing Diamond III
Spielform zum Passspiel

Description: In the marked field is being played 3 v 3 plus one utility player at each outsides. Players in the field are allowed to use up to 3 touches. The outside-positions play one-touch. Points are scored by successful 10 touches within the team without an opponent intercepting or touching the ball. The coach plays new balls into the game, if the current ball goes out.

Coaching Points: Through the one-touch play by the utility players, the ball is as much inside the field as possible. Only under pressure of opponents, the outside-players shall be integrated. Is an utility player passed to, a free team-mate already needs to be opened up. Players within the field shall start an initial dribbling without pressure of opponents (Be aware of allowed 3 touches).

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