Short, Short, Long #1 – Passing Patterns

Set Up: There are four players set up in the large grid, with two players starting at each end.

Procedure: Player A begins the drill with a long driven pass to Player B. Player B plays it short to Player C and makes a run into space. Player C lays the ball off for Player B, who drives the ball back across the grid to Player D. Play continues back and forth across the grid in this short, short, long pattern. Players A and D change positions each time they play the ball long, as do Players B and C.

Teaching Topics:
1 The long pass
2 The back pass.
3 Support play.

1 Add a third player at each end of the field.

Coaching Points:
1 The long pass is a driven ball, struck with the instep. It stays low and has backspin.
2 The short pass should settle to the ground and take most of the pace off of the long ball.
3 While the long pass is in the air, show yourself and communicate with your partner.