Directional Awareness Four Team Passing Game

The following session is an excerpt from a full session posted in the Soccer Awareness Training Center from eBook 2: 12

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Awareness of Teammates and Opponents Positioning on the Field in Advance of Receiving the Ball

Coaching Points:

  1. When and where to pass (timing, accuracy, weight)
  2. Looking before receiving
  3. Awareness of player positions before receiving the ball
  4. Awareness of options on the ball before receiving it
  5. Awareness of Opponents positions before receiving the pass
  6. Maintaining possession of the ball


Warm Up:

  1. Two balls per inside team (or more). (2)’s pass to (1)’s and (4)’s pass to (3)’s. The two groups work across each other. Four teams working but in pairs.
  2. Directional session now working across each other, needing to know where their teammates are but also where the other numbered players are in the middle. This improves awareness and the peripheral vision of the players.
  3. A good lead in to everyone being free in the area and passing and moving later.
  4. Players need to look before they receive, see what the options are in advance of the ball.


  1. Passing in straight and / or angled lines
  2. Running in straight and / or angled lines
  3. Mixing the two up
  4. Players pass to the end players only, to begin transferring the ball from one side to the other. If both players on the other side have balls at their feet then liken it in a game to the strikers being marked and you have pressure on the ball preventing a forward pass so you have to go back to where you came from, either to the other player you did not receive the pass from or back to the same player.
  5. Passing inside the area to team mates in the buildup not just to the outside players.
  6. Introduce give and go’s with outside players (players then keep the same ball throughout a set time period)
  7. Switching positions with the outside
  8. Passing inside the area first then outside
  9. Outside players can pass to each other on the same side the ball moving and keep the inside players alert as to where the ball is.
  10. Outside players switch positions with and without a ball, if without the ball then they are now moving targets as it would be in a game.
  11. All players communicate with each other to help make each movement and pass successful (above as (4) receives the pass, (3) calls to let him know they are free to receive the next pass.
  12. Ask inside and outside players to pass to space to move players into better positions to receive the pass.
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Above; (2) passes to space to move outside player (1) to receive. (3) Passes to space to move (4) into the path of the pass. (4) And (1) respectively can help (2) and (3) by pointing to where they want the ball if they identify the space to pass it to first.

Liken To Working Through The Thirds Of The Field (Defender To Midfielder To Striker And Back)