Improving Combination Play

The Improving Combination Play drill will help improve combination play as well as switching the point of attack. Use this soccer drill when you are organizing a soccer practice around passing and moving.

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Improving Soccer Combination Play


  1. Create a grid approximately 40X40 yards. The area of the grid can be increased or decreased depending on the number of players and/or the skill level of the players.
  2. Split your team into 2 even groups with no more than 8 players per group.
  3. Make sure the teams are easily distinguished with colored bibs.
  4. Have the RED team place a player in one corner of the grid and another player in the diagonally opposite corner of the grid.
  5. Have the BLUE team do the same thing on the 2 open corners of the grid.


  1. The players in the middle will play keep away from the opposing team while trying to score points.
  2. Award a point each time a team passes the ball into their team’s corner player, who then must play a first time ball to a third player on the same team.
  3. The player that plays the ball into the corner player then becomes the new corner player.
  4. First team to 10 wins.

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  • If players are still struggling with 1-touch passes, increase the number of touches from the corner players to 2-touch.
  • Limit the inside players touches to encourage more passing.

Coaching Points

  • Make sure players inside the grid play early balls to quickly change the point of attack.
  • Players must play together and be thinking ahead to effectively support the attack.
  • Corner players can move around the corner to adjust their angles and positioning.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Scrimmage Pennies/Vests
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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