Areas of the Game Attacking Defending Transition Set Plays Goalkeeping

Option Position Pass & Receive

 

DRILL OBJECTIVE(S) DEVELOP ABILITY TO PASS TO 2 SPACES FROM THE SAME BALL POSITION
PLAYERS 3 PLAYERS
SPACE 10m x15m SPACE
EQUIPMENT 1+ BALLS, 6+ CONES

EXPLANATION:

  • X1 passes the ball to X2. After passing, he moves around one of the side cones next to him and back behind the cones.
  • X2 receives and passes back to X1 (pass between the cones). After X2 passes, he moves around one of the side cones beside him and back behind the cones.
  • X1 receives the pass, turns and passes to X3. X1 then moves around the opposite cone and back to original position.
  • Repeat for 10 passes and rotate positions. 

COACHING POINTS:

  • Main focus here is on the ball being in Option Position, so X1 can push-pass to more than one space from the same position. Ball position suggested is 2 o’clock, and footwork should be almost the same whether the pass goes to X2 or X3. Push is executed with transfer of body weight, upper body rotation and use of hands/arms.
  • X1 approaches the ball with the same movements whether passing to X2 or X3. X1 changes the direction of the pass using a slight change in upper body rotation or opening up hands/arms. The later in the pushing motion this happens, the more difficult it will be for the defender to read.
  • Players should be active with feet from the reception through release of the pass, and also moving in between passes. Short, quick steps will help with skill execution, balance, and preparation to receive.
  • Encourage player to avoid looking directly at the player he is going to pass to. 

EVALUATION:

  • Even if player is not advanced, he should still be introduced to the concept of deception, and holding the ball in option position. Player should be able to comfortably pass to either option without a significant change in action and body position.

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