The Passing Name Game Warm-up

The objective of this soccer drill is to help young players improve the speed of play by thinking a step-ahead of the play.

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The Soccer Passing Name Game Warm-Up


  1. Form a circle with each of the players on your team.
  2. Start with one ball.


  1. To play the name game, the player with the ball passes to a player.
  2. Before the receiving player receives the pass, they must yell the name of the next player in which they are going to pass.
  3. Upon the next player receiving the ball, they must yell the name of the next player in which they are going to pass.
  4. This is designed to make the players think a step ahead of the play.
  5. Make sure that each player has at least two touches on the ball; one touch to receive the pass, and the other touch to make the pass.
  6. Encourage players not to make a pass back to the player they received the pass from, and to pass to different people each time.

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  • Create a grid and play the same game as above except players are free to move about the grid.
  • Add a second ball.

Coaching Points

  • Remind players to be thinking ahead to determine who they want to pass.
  • Good first┬átouch
  • Quality passes

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls

Drill Target Ages

  • U4, U-4, Under 4, 4 and Under
  • U5, U-5, Under 5, 5 and Under
  • U6, U-6, Under 6, 6 and Under
  • U7, U-7, Under 7, 7 and Under
  • U8, U-8, Under 8, 8 and Under
  • 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

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Published by: Chris Johnson
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