Soccer Drills for Youth Soccer
This soccer drill is called the X factor because it creates the X-shape passing combination in midfield.
Depending on the age group, create a zone similar to a half pitch. To begin with, set out the cones as seen above to give the players structure.
The soccer drill starts with Player 1 dribbling the ball (represented in black) through the gates and passing it (yellow) to Player 2. As Player 1 completes his pass, he sprints (represented in green) to the cone where Player 3 is positioned.
Player 2 receives the ball and passes it to Player 3. As he completes the pass, he sprints towards Player 4.
Player 3 controls the ball and passes it to Player 4 and sprints to the next cone.
Once Player 4 receives the ball, he dribbles the ball with pace and then passes it to Player 5 who is starting the drill sequence again.
This drill helps improve their passing skills and improves their fitness via the sprints after the pass. The automatic sprint requirement creates good habits for the young player as most will stop after they give a pass missing out on potential overload situations.
The diagram below shows the X- pattern created by the movement and the passing.
Through repetition, this soccer drill will allow young players to think about diagonal passes eliminating the opponents midfield lines with just 2 medium range passes along the grass.
- Young players can master the skill of medium range passes.
- Develop a great habit of moving into space when passing the ball creating potential overload situations.
- Dissect midfield lines with diagonal passes & without having to run with the ball.
- Allow young players to develop holding patterns & spatial awareness.
- Increase fitness and conditioning via the sprints after the pass.
- Recognise positions & opportunities in match situations.
- Allowing the players one-touch only.
- Replacing the first gate with an opponent the players need to dribble past.
- Allowing the Striker (Player 4) to turn and shoot at goals instead of closing the loop.
- Always praise EFFORT
- Encourage the players to talk to each other before each transition.
- Replicate the drill initially at walking pace so all the players understand the movement.
- Ensure all players are sprinting after each pass and looking for space.
- Ask players to visualise the drill in match situations and how it relates to their playing position.
- Smile & enjoy: we have the best job in the world.
Love this… nice, simple and effective drill for the kids to learn. I think I’ll try this out with some of my youth teams soon. Looks like a great drill to use to practice short to mid range passing in a flowing up-tempo drill.
If my players use this drill can you promise they will be able to score goals like Barcelona in the vid above?
diego uribe says
I love this drill. Great to improve critical skills.
Bundesliga Chat says
Love this, shows a more intricate fashion to the game to teach people there is more football than just going direct!