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Improving Combination Play

Focus of the Drill

This soccer drill focuses specially on improving combination play. Not only that, but it also makes sure to highlight the technique of switching the point of attack. This drill is very useful in case you want to do soccer practice around passing and moving.


For setting up this drill, you have to first create a grid of approximately 40X40 yards size. The area of the grid can be altered and it totally depends on the number of players in the game. It also depends even on how skillful the players are. After that, you have to split your team into 2 even groups. Make sure to count the players and keep no more than 8 players in each group. You should also make sure the teams are distinguished with their special colored bibs. Then you have to place the RED team in one corner of the grid. You have to place another player in the diagonal opposite corner of the grid. For the BLUE team, you have to do the same thing on the 2 open corners of the grid.

Improving Combination Play

How to Play

To play this game, the players in the middle will play keep away from the opponents while they are actually trying to score points. A point is given to the team which passes the ball into their team’s corner player. This player must play a first time ball to a 3rd player on the same team. The original passer is then the corner player.

Different Versions

Following are the alterations you can do with the drill:

  1. If players are finding the 1-touch passes difficult, then you can increase the number of touches from the corner players to 2-touch according to the need.

  2. You can also limit the inside players touches to promote passing.

Coaching Tips

As a coach, make sure to do following things:

  1. You have to make sure players inside the grid are fast with the ball so they can quickly change the point of attack.

  2. Players must play together and be think ahead.

  3. Make sure that the corner players are able to move around the corner to make their positioning accurate.

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